JONATHAN COHEN

Music Director

Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain’s finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Jonathan is equally at home in such diverse areas as Baroque opera and the Classical symphonic repertoire. He is Artistic Director of Arcangelo, Music Director of Les Violons du Roy, Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants, Artistic Director of the Tetbury Music Festival, and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The 18/19 season for Cohen also includes return visits to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy, and debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Mozarteum Orchester, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He returns to the BBC Proms for Theodora with Arcangelo, the ensemble he founded in 2010 that performs high quality special projects. He has toured with the ensemble to exceptional venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Salzburg Festival, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Other recent highlights include a European tour with Vilde Frang with concerts at the Oslo Opera House and Tonhalle Zürich and their BBC Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2016.

Arcangelo is busy and much in demand in the recording studio, partnering with fine soloists such as Iestyn Davies (its disc Arias for Guadagni won the Recital Category at the 2012 Gramophone Awards and its recording of Bach cantatas was best Baroque Vocal recording at the 2017 Gramophone Awards), Anna Prohaska, and Christopher Purves for Hyperion Records. Arcangelo’s Mozart disc with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics (2015) reached No. 1 on the UK specialist Classical chart and received an Echo Klassik Concert Award. Recital recordings with both Christiane Karg (Scene!) and Matthew Rose (Arias for Benucci) were nominated for International Opera Awards in 2016. Its recording CPE Bach Cello Concertos with Nicolas Altstaedt on Hyperion Records won the BBC Music Magazine Awards Concerto category in 2017, and its Buxtehude Trio Sonatas, Op.1 recording for Alpha Classics was nominated for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance at the 2018 Grammy Awards. Arcangelo’s most recent recordings of Magnificats by members of the Bach family and Charpentier’s Leçons de ténèbres are already attracting critical acclaim.