Jessica Cottis is supported by Premier Partner Credit Suisse.
Jessica recently completed a two-year appointment as Assistant
Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) under
their Chief Conductor Donald Runnicles. She also recently completed
a Fellowship in Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of
She made her BBC Proms debut in 2010, conducting works by James
Dillon with Scotland's MusicLab Ensemble. She subsequently
conducted the premiere of Dillon's epic cycle Nine Rivers
with the BBC SSO and Les Percussions de Strasbourg, described by
The Guardian as "unquestionably the most significant
new-music event in Britain this year".
Cottis has regularly guest conducted Scotland's contemporary
music ensemble, Red Note and, as Artistic Director of Bloomsbury
Opera, has conducted Die Zauberflöte, Don
Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Hansel and Gretel
and Eugene Onegin. She has also conducted the premiere of
new operas at Aldeburgh, the Royal Academy of Music, and in
Nüremberg, and recently conducted Weill's The Seven Deadly
Sins for Scottish Opera/Company Chordelia.
Cottis obtained a first class honours degree in organ, piano and
musicology from the Australian National University. A prize-winner
in the Symphony Australia Young Performers Award, she continued her
studies as an organist with Marie-Claire Alain in Paris, winning
awards from the Royal Philharmonic Society and Royal College of
Organists, and made her European debut at Westminster Cathedral in
She worked professionally as an organist in London and Paris
until a hand injury subsequently halted her playing career and she
read law at the University of London whilst undertaking
postgraduate conducting studies at the Royal Academy of Music.
Cottis was awarded the Academy's top conducting prizes upon
graduation in July 2009, the same month she was appointed to her
positions at the BBC SSO and RCS, and also Manson Fellow in
Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2012, she appeared on the BBC2 series Maestro at the
Opera as conducting mentor to DJ Trevor Nelson, and was a jury
member for the finals of the BBC Young Musician Competition.