Jonathan Cohen is rapidly developing a reputation as one of Britain’s finest and most versatile young musicians. A conductor, cellist and keyboardist, with a wide ranging experience of music ?from Baroque to contemporary, he is in increasing demand worldwide.
In the 2010/2011 season Jonathan conducts Monteverdi’s Poppea with Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Ulysses with English National opera and Dido & Aeneas with Dijon Opera. On the concert stage he will conduct the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Capella Cracoviensis. Recent highlights have included the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and Potsdamer Kammerakademie. For the 30th anniversary season of Les Arts Florissants, Jonathan collaborated with William Christie conducting performances of Dido and Aeneas (Netherlands Opera), Purcell’s Fairy Queen (Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy New York) as well as a programme of Gluck, Haydn and Mozart in London and Paris.
As assistant conductor to William Christie, Emmanuelle Haim and Harry Bicket, Jonathan has worked on numerous productions over the last few years. Highlights with Emmanuelle Haim include Monteverdi’s Orfeo (Lille Opera), Mozart’s Nozze di Figaro (Lille) and Monteverdi’s Poppea (Glyndebourne Festival). Highlights with William Christie include Rameau Les Paladins Théatre du Chatêlet), Mozart’s Idomeneo, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s L’Allegro (Paris Opera), Monteverdi’s Ritorno di Ulisse (Teatro Real Madrid) and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Wiener Festwochen and Opéra Comique).
Jonathan Cohen enjoys a close relationship with Les Arts Florissants and has recently been appointed Associate Conductor. His conducting début with them conducting Zampa at the Opéra Comique in March 2008 received great critical acclaim: “his exhilarating yet attentive baton brought out all the impetus, liveliness and flowing colours of Hérold’s score” (Opera Magazine).
After finishing his undergraduate degree at Clare College, Cambridge, Jonathan Cohen began his career establishing himself as a cellist. He performed as guest principal with many of the UK’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 and with them recorded two discs of Haydn Quartets on the Hyperion label. He continues to enjoy chamber music projects, collaborating regularly with violinists Daniel Hope and Barnabas Kelemen.
With counter tenor Iestyn Davies, Jonathan will début his newly founded orchestra Arcangelo with a disc for Hyperion of Porpora cantatas and a concert tour next year to celebrate the release of the CD. Other exciting artistic projects with Arcangelo are planned and Jonathan intends to focus his energies on developing Arcangelo whilst enjoying his collaboration with Les Arts Florissants and his rapidly expanding guest conducting career.