Jonathan Manson


Historical Performance - Cello and Viola da gamba

Co-principal cello of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, cellist with the London Haydn Quartet

Founding member of the viol consort Phantasm

Jonathan was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study with Steven Doane and Christel Thielmann at the Eastman School of Music in New York. A growing fascination for early music led him to Holland, where he studied viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague.

Jonathan is a founding member of the internationally renowned viol consort Phantasm, which has toured worldwide and made sixteen recordings; several of these have won major prizes, including Gramophone Awards in 1997 and 2004. For ten years he was the principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, with whom he performed and recorded more than 150 Bach cantatas and, together with Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos. Jonathan is currently co-principal cello of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and frequently appears in this role with the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, the English Concert and many other leading early music groups. As a concerto soloist he has appeared recently at the Wigmore Hall and the Southbank Centre, as well as further afield: in Hong Kong, Potsdam, the Haydn Festpiele in Eisenstadt and New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Passionately committed to chamber music, Jonathan performs repertoire from the Renaissance to the Romantic. He is a founding member of Retrospect Trio, whose recordings of Purcell sonatas were described by The Observer as ‘superb’, and was recently invited to become the cellist of the London Haydn Quartet. A long-standing partnership with the harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock has led to critically acclaimed recordings of the Bach sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, and, together with Rachel Podger, Rameau's Pieces de Clavecin en Concert. In recent years Jonathan and Trevor have joined forces with the flautist Emmanuel Pahud and violinist Matthew Truscott, leading to two Bach recordings with EMI and tours of Europe, the USA and the Far East.

He has been invited to teach on numerous courses around the world, including Portugal, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and the USA.


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