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Manson, Jonathan (viol)
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Jonathan Manson (viol)

Jonathan Manson, tenor viol, was born into a musical family in Edinburgh. He was still a student in The Hague when he was first invited to play with Ton Koopman’s Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, sitting alongside and constantly learning from the Dutch cellist, Jaap ter Linden. He was subsequently invited to become principal cellist of the orchestra, with whom he performed and recorded more than 150 Bach cantatas and, together with Yo-Yo Ma, Vivaldi’s Concerto for two cellos.

Nowadays Manson specializes mainly in chamber music, performing repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic. As the cellist of the London Haydn Quartet, he has finally been able to indulge his passion for the classical string quartet repertoire. A recording of Haydn’s Op 50 quartets was released on the Hyperion label. A long-standing partnership with the harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock has led to recordings of the Bach Gamba Sonatas, and, together with Rachel Podger, Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concert.

Manson frequently plays with the Dunedin Consort, Arcangelo, The English Concert, and other leading early music groups. Musical highlights have included recitals with Elizabeth Kenny, Carolyn Sampson and Laurence Cummings, and concerto appearances in London’s Wigmore Hall and the Carnegie Hall in New York. Manson teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


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