Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain’s finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career with notable success as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist. He is well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music which he expands to diverse activities such as the Baroque opera and Classical symphonic repertoire.
Jonathan enjoys a close relationship withLes Arts Florissants, with whom he is Associate Conductor, and for their thirtieth anniversary season he collaborated with William Christie conducting performances ofDido and Aeneas (Netherlands Opera), Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy New York), as well as a concert programme of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart in London and Paris. His debut with them conducting Hérold’s Zampa at the Opéra Comique in March 2008 received great critical acclaim.
After finishing his studies at Clare College, Cambridge, Jonathan began his career establishing himself as a cellist. He performed as guest principal with many of the United Kingdom’s foremost orchestras and ensembles, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The King’s Consort. With this experience Jonathan developed a unique crossover specialism in the field of early music and an interest in period instruments.
He was a founder member of the London Haydn Quartet, with whom he recorded two sets of Haydn quartets for Hyperion.
He continues to enjoy chamber music projects, collaborating regularly with violinists Daniel Hope and Barnabas Kelemen, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt and pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout.
Jonathan Cohen plays a cello made by Guseppe Guarneri (filius Andrea) in Cremona, 1712.