»Thomas Jung is a real conductor«, said Bernard Haitink at the 2017 Lucerne Festival and specially praised Jung's Mozart interpretations: »Mozart is in good hands with Thomas Jung.«
Indeed Mozart plays an important role in Jung's music making: »The natural clarity, wich distinguish Mozart's works, is what I try to find and render audible in all compositions that I conduct«, says Jung.
Thomas Jung was appointed Constant Lambert Conducting Fellow at Royal Opera House London, Covent Garden, in September 2018. He is conducting for the Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet. In June 2019 Thomas Jung conducted the world premiere of Didy Veldman's Sense of Time, music by Gabriel Prokofiev. He is also Guest Conductor of the Tianjin Grand Opera Symphony Orchestra in China and was Conductor and Music Director of the Flora Symphony Orchestra Cologne from 2012 until 2019 as well as Chief Conductor of the Studio Orchestra Duisburg.
He was the 2015/16 season Zander Fellow and Assistant Conductor of both the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. In the 2010/11 season Thomas Jung was the Music Director of the production Moses muss singen at the Opera House of Münster.
As assistant Thomas Jung worked together with Semyon Bychkov and Jukka-Pekka Saraste (WDR Sinfonieorchester) and Markus Stenz and François-Xavier Roth (Gürzenich-Orchester). He was invited by Bernard Haitink for rehearsals with Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2018 Thomas Jung was Bernard Haitink‘s Assistant and Cover Conductor for his rehearsals and concerts with Chor und Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks with Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem.
For the Biennale of Sydney 2018 Thomas Jung worked together with composer and artist Samson Young realising the latest iteration of the ongoing project, Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th. The work received an award of distinction at Prix Ars Electronica 2019.
Thomas Jung studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln, at the University of Cambridge and King's College Cambridge. He studied conducting under Volker Wangenheim, rounding off his training with masterclasses with Bernard Haitink (Lucerne Festival), Jaap van Zweden (Gstaad Festival), Colin Metters (Royal Academy London) and Jorma Panula (Nordic Masterclass). Thomas Jung was supported by Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, DEY Foundation, Music Foundation of the Kreissparkasse, Richard Wagner Association Bayreuth and Inspiratum VZW Belgium.
Thomas Jung is the 2017 recipient of the Eugen-Jochum-Prize for Young Conductors. In autumn 2012 Thomas Jung received the Culture Prize of the Philippas Engel Foundation for his »social and cultural commitment to music, with music and through music.« That same year he was awarded first price and special price ›Best Performance‹ in the German Orchestra Competition.
With the Junges Ensemble für Neue Musik, which Thomas Jung had founded in 2007 to enable the performances of pieces written by students of the composition department of the Hochschule für Musik Köln, Thomas Jung conducted a wealth of world premieres between 2007 and 2010.