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Catherine Jones

Cello

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Catherine completed her Bachelor of Music degree on Modern Cello with First Class Honours at The University of Western Australia. She was subsequently awarded a Postgraduate scholarship which enabled her to travel to The Hague to follow her passion for the performance of Early Music. After being accepted into the Baroque cello class of Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium, four years of specialised tuition followed and she received her qualifications in Baroque Performance, Tweede Fase Muziek and Uitvoerend Musicus (Masters in Baroque/Classical Cello), also winning the Conservatorium's prestigious "Nicolai" prize for the highest performance exam results.
Catherine now has an international and varied career, performing and recording both as soloist and with ensembles based all over Europe, and in addition returning to Australia to perform solo recitals and record for ABC Classics.
She was a core member of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra directed by Ton Koopman for more than ten years. During this period Catherine toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and North America performing in most of the famous concert halls of the world and recording more than 20 disks. She has also been a regular principal player with The Academy of Ancient Music with whom she was solo cello with Richard Egarr in the much acclaimed recording of Handel’s Opus 4 Organ concertos for Harmonia Mundi.
Catherine is invited regularly as guest principal with other internationally respected groups such as The English Concert and Concerto Copenhagen and is a member of Trevor Pinnock's European Brandenburg Ensemble, with whom she has also toured extensively and recorded the complete Brandenburg Concertos which won the Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Award in 2008.
Catherine records for Deutsche Grammophone with the Italian Orchestra Il Complesso Barocco, directed by Alan Curtis. With this group she toured in Germany as cello soloist in the Leo concerto in d minor, which she subsequently recorded for CD release on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label. Other recent chamber music recordings include the Boccherini Stabat Mater with the Belgian group Capriola di Gioia and Amaryllis Dieltiens for Aeolus. In 2015 Capriola di Gioia will release a new recording on Aeolus which will include solo cello sonatas of Lanzetti, performed with Bart Naessens.
In 2008, after being invited to audition at The Concertgebouw,(Amsterdam) by the Dutch Instrument Fund “Jumpstart Jr.” Catherine was awarded the use of a Gagliano cello for a period of four years. Both the Boccherini and Leo cello concerto recordings are made using this very fine instrument.
As cello soloist she has also featured in the Festival of Cremona with Il Complesso Barocco and in the Utrecht Early Music Festival with the renowned Orchestra of the 18th Century and the late Franz Brüggen in concertos by Leonardo Leo and JC Bach.
Catherine also performs regularly as soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen Festival (Switzerland) and in previous seasons has performed cello concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza and Porpora.

Catherine is very much in demand as a teacher. She has given Masterclasses in The Hague at the Koninklijk Conservatorium, at the ILMA summer school in San Vito al Tagliamento, Northern Italy and from the fall of 2015 she is professor of Baroque cello at the “Felice Dall’Abaco” Conservatorium in Verona and the “Giuseppe Verdi”
Conservatorium in Milan.

 
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