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Jonathan Cohen

  • Cellist
  • Conductor
  • Harpsichordist


Jonathan Cohen is rapidly developing a reputation as one of Britain’s finest and most versatile young musicians. A conductor, cellist and keyboardist, with a wide ranging experience of music from Baroque to contemporary, he is in increasing demand worldwide. As assistant conductor to William Christie, Emmanuelle Haim and Harry Bicket, Jonathan has worked on numerous productions over the last few years, highlights with William Christie including Rameau Les Paladins at the Théatre du Chatêlet, Mozart's Idomeneo, Haydn's Creation, Handel's L'Allegro (Paris Opera), Monteverdi's Ritorno di Ulisse (Teatro Real Madrid), Purcell's Dido and Aeneas (Wiener Festwochen and Opéra Comique); highlights with Emmanuelle Haim including Monteverdi's Orfeo (Lille Opera), Mozart's Nozze di Figaro (Lille), Monteverdi's Poppea (Glyndebourne Festival).

From his collaboration with William Christie, Jonathan has built up a strong relationship with Les Arts Florissants. His début with the orchestra conducting Zampa at the Opéra Comique in March 2008 received great critical acclaim: “his exhilarating yet attentive baton brought out all the impetus, liveliness and flowing colours of Hérold's score” (Opera Magazine).