Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

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Jonathan Cohen
Born (1977-11-17) 17 November 1977 (age 41)
Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK
OccupationConductor of classical music
Years active2000–present

Jonathan Cohen (born 1977) is an English cellist and conductor. He is Artistic Director and founder of the British early music ensemble Arcangelo, Artistic Director of Tetbury Music Festival, Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (Minnesota, US), Music Director Designate of Les Violons du Roy (Canada) where he will take up the full role from the 2018-19 season, and Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants.[1]

He is one of Britain’s finest musicians.[citation needed] He has forged a remarkable career with notable success as a conductor, cellist and keyboardist.[citation needed] He is well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music which he expands to diverse activities such as Baroque opera and the Classical symphonic repertoire.[citation needed]

Alongside his busy guest conducting career, he directs Arcangelo with whom he performs regularly throughout Europe at some of the most highly regarded festivals and concert halls. Jonathan and Arcangelo have recorded a wide range of music, from Porpora and Handel to Gluck and Mozart, including albums for Hyperion Records with soloists Iestyn Davies MBE and Christopher Purves.

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 UK’s foremost orchestras and ensembles, both symphonic and period. 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 continues to cherish performing chamber music with friends and colleagues.


As an instrumentalist, selected discography[edit]

As Artistic Director of Arcangelo, selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ Interview (French)
  2. ^ Kantaten Bwv 51,82a & 199, Plg Classics (Warner), 5 December 2008, retrieved 6 June 2018
  3. ^ "Release "Duetti" by Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic, William Christie & Les Arts Florissants - MusicBrainz". Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  4. ^ "See The Full List Of 60th GRAMMY Nominees". 27 November 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Vote now in the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2018 | BBC Music Magazine Awards". Retrieved 19 January 2018.

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