Jonathan's Career so far
Jonathan Rees has performed across the globe as cellist and gamba player with the UK's leading historical performance and chamber ensembles. He has performed as continuo / principal cellist and gamba soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, ENO, Britten Sinfonia and La Nuova Musica. He has appeared as principal cellist of Manchester Camerata and is principal cellist of Solomon's Knot and Faust Chamber Orchestra. He has performed with the viol consorts Fretwork and Phantasm and is a founder member of Newe Vialles. He collaborates with fellow cellist and viol player Vladimir Waltham as Duo Domenico, which won the York International Early Music Competition audience prize in 2013 and has since performed in the London Baroque Festival, York Early Music Festival and venues across Europe.
He has been employed by the University of Cambridge as a researcher into 17th-century French street song. He has given historical performance classes at the Royal Academy of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Royal Northern College of Music. He also works as a music workshop leader, and is the Artistic Director of Bristol's acclaimed annual festival, Really Classical Relay. He is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. Outside of the world of music he spends a lot of his time making compost and growing plants for the sustenance of humans, bees, butterflies and even the odd lucky greenfly.