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Jonathan Manson - Biography

Jonathan Manson pursues a varied international career as a performer on both cello and viola da gamba.  He was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training at the International Cello Centre in Scotland under the direction of Jane Cowan, later going on to study with Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music in New York.  While in America, he became involved with the performance of early music and from there went to Holland to study viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken, graduating from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with a Soloist’s Diploma in 1995. 

While still a student, he became a founding member of the viol quartet Phantasm, which has since toured worldwide and earned several record prizes, including Gramophone Awards in both 1997 and 2004.  In 1999, he was appointed principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, which in addition to a busy touring schedule has recently embarked on a ground-breaking project to record all the cantatas and chamber music of Dietrich Buxtehude.  He has also appeared as guest principal with many of Europe’s leading early music ensembles (including the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, Gabrieli Players, English Baroque Soloists, and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment), as a chamber music partner in repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the Romantic, and as viola da gamba soloist with the Vienna Philharmonic.

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  Johnathan Manson with children during the Summer Residency  
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