Jonathan Cohen is one of Britain's finest young musicians. He has forged a remarkable career with notable success 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 and Associate Conductor of Les Arts Florissants.
Recent conducting highlights have included Aix-en-Provence Festival with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Mozart), Edinburgh Festival and Aldeburgh Festival with Arcangelo (Handel and Porpora), Lucerne Festival with Mahler Chamber Soloists (Bach), The Budapest Festival Orchestra, Monteverdi's Return of Ulysses at English National Opera and a tour of Asia with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Mozart and Beethoven symphonies and concerti). Jonathan has a continuing successful relationship with Glyndebourne Opera. He has conducted both the Le Nozze di Figaro and L’incoronazione di Poppea with Glyndebourne Touring Opera and last season conducted performances of Hippolyte et Aricie at the Glyndebourne Festival, a production which received unanimous musical praise.
With Arcangelo, Jonathan's recently created ensemble, performing highlights this season include appearances at the Flanders and Tetbury Festivals and New York’s Zankel Hall. Arcangelo has fast gained recognition for exceptional, nuanced performances and for collaborating with distinguished soloists at the highest level. Busy in the recording studio, Jonathan and Arcangelo have received five star reviews with ‘Porpora cantatas’ and ‘Arias for Guadagni’ with Iestyn Davies on Hyperion, the latter disc won the Recital Category at the 2012 Gramophone Classical Music Awards. Arcangelo’s most recent recordings are ‘Enchanted Forest’ with Anna Prohaska on Deutsche Grammophon, ‘Amoretti’ with Christiane Karg (Mozart, Gluck) on Berlin Classics, Handel’s ‘Finest Arias for Base Voice’ with Christopher Purves on Hyperion. In the 2013/14 season plans are being made for a recording with Matthew Rose based on the arias sung by Francesco Benucci, the creator of many of Mozart’s famous Bass roles.
Jonathan enjoys a close relationship with Les Arts Florissants and for their 30th anniversary season he collaborated with William Christie conducting performances of Dido and Aeneas (Netherlands Opera), Purcell's Fairy Queen (Opéra Comique and Brooklyn Academy New York). His recent performances with Les Arts Florissants have been a double bill of Charpentier and Blow in Paris and Versailles staged by Bruno Ravella. This season Jonathan Cohen returns to conduct Les Arts Florissants in several engagements in France, Austria and Germany. He will also conduct the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, St Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tatarstan State Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Operatic commitments include the Marriage of Figaro at Opera de Dijon and Opéra Théâtre de Saint-Etienne and as a chamber musician he will perform in Bilbao with the Chiaroscuro Quartet.
In the coming seasons, Jonathan intends to focus his energies on building on the success of Arcangelo, whilst enjoying his collaboration with Les Arts Florissants and his rapidly expanding guest conducting career.