BFO
Budapest Festival Orchestra

Jonathan Cohen

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 activities 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 Tetbury Festival and Artistic Partner of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

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

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

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