Oscar Jockel is assistant conductor with the Berliner Philharmoniker for Kirill Petrenko and will be a conducting fellow of the Karajan Academy for two years receiving the “Siemens Conductors Scholarship” as a winner of the conducting competition at the Philharmonie Berlin in October 2021. In addition to assisting the chief conductor in concert and opera, the duties also include conducting his own concert projects together with the academy members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Also in 2021, Oscar Jockel obtained a position as assistant conductor at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Ensemble intercontemporain and its director Matthias Pintscher, which he will hold for two years beginning in February 2022.

In the 2022/23 season he will follow invitations to such venues as the Salzburg Easter Festival in a production at the Felsenreitschule as well as to the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, the opening concert of the 2022 International Bruckner Festival in Linz, the Berlin Symphonics, the Münchener Rundfunkorchester or the Ensemble intercontemporain in Paris.

In the 2021/22 season, he made his conducting debut at the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig with the Sinfonietta Leipzig and at the Brucknerhaus Linz with the Bruckner Orchester Linz. At the International Beethovenfest Bonn 2021 he conducted the Bundesjugendorchester (BJO), including the world premiere of one of his own compositions, and in 2022 recorded a CD with Tabea Zimmermann at WDR featuring Harold en Italie by Hector Berlioz and Beethoven’s 6th Symphony.

As a conductor and conducting assistant, among others to Sir Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Reinhard Goebel or Hartmut Haenchen, he has already worked with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Klangforum Wien, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen or the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

In the 2018 Järvi Conducting Academy in Estonia he was taught by Paavo Järvi as well as his father, Neeme Järvi, and in 2019 he received a Conducting Seminar Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons and Stefan Asbury. After winning an Aspen Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2021 as a Conducting Fellow of the American Conducting Academy, he received a re-invitation for 2022.

2021 he has been accepted as conducting fellow into the Forum Dirigieren of the Deutsche Musikrat.