Jon Thorne

Hon ARAM

Strings - Viola with additional responsibility for chamber music

Member of the Badke Quartet

Works with the UK’s leading orchestras in the concert hall and recording studio

Jon Thorne studied at the London College of Music with Maureen Smith and Penny Filer, then at the Royal College of Music with Simon Rowland-Jones and later with Mark Knight. Upon leaving the RCM, Jon joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Jon left the BSO to form the Bronte String Quartet. Prizewinners at both the Royal Over-Seas League and the Cremona International Quartet Competitions, the Bronte Quartet played at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and many festivals throughout the UK and abroad.

Jon joined the Badke Quartet in 2009 and played with them at venues throughout the UK and abroad including the Wigmore Hall (live on BBC R3), Kings Place, the Aix, Montreux, Ljubljana and Mecklenburg Festivals, Esterhazy Palace, USA tours and the Concertgebouw. They also broadcast on BBC R3, Classic Fm and on French National Radio and TV. The Quartet was resident at Imperial College and Royal Holloway universities. The Quartet recorded for Champs Hill Records and for Cadenza Classics.

Jon is a current member of The Oculi Ensemble.

In addition to his work with the Badke Quartet, Jon has played with many of the major orchestras in the UK and currently holds the position of Principal Viola with the Oxford Philharmonic. He is also a regular guest principal with The London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Jon has appeared on numerous film releases, from Batman to Almodovar. Jon also performs on many pop albums, from Amy Winehouse to Primal Scream. He recently appeared as a Soloist on the Naxos release of the Puccini Requiem and Malpiero De Profundis with the Vassari Singers.   

Jon is a strong believer in music education and is a Viola & Chamber Music Professor at the Academy. Previously he taught viola at the Royal College of Music, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and the Royal Holloway University. He is viola and chamber music coach for various courses and has given masterclasses at festivals across the UK and Europe. He is also a trustee of Vacation Chamber Orchestras.

Jon has appeared as a juror for the Tertis Competition, The Royal Overseas League Chamber Music Competition, Windsor Festival International String Competition, The Parkhouse Award, The European Music Festival for Young People in Neerpelt, Belgium, North London Music Festival Viola Competition, Trinity College of Music’s John Barbirolli Quartet Competition, the Somerset Young Musician or the Year, Ripon Young Musician of the Year, Hurstpierpoint College and Tiffin School.

Jon plays a viola by Giovani Grancino 1682.

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