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Catherine Jones - Barockcello / Baroque cello

Catherine Jones began her career as a modern cellist, graduating from the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours. After receiving a Postgraduate scholarship she relocat- ed to The Hague to follow her passion for baroque music and Historically Informed Per- formance. Following four years of specialised tuition with Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium she received her Diploma in Baroque and Classical Cello, also winning the Conservatorium's prestigious "Nicolai" prize.

Catherine has worked extensively with ensembles of international renown; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra,The Academy of Ancient Music, Il Complesso Barocco, Concerto Copenhagen, La Scintilla and I Barocchisti.

She has recorded prolifically for Deutsche Grammophone with Il Complesso Barocco with whom she was principal cello.

As soloist she has performed with Frans Brüggen and The Orchestra of the

18th Century in the Utrecht Early Music Festival performing concerti by JC Bach and Leonardo Leo. She has also featured as soloist in the Festival of Cremona with Il Comp- lesso Barocco and recorded the Leo Cello Concerto for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi la- bel with this group.

Catherine also performs regularly as soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen Musikdorf Festival in Switzerland and has performed cello concertos by Vivaldi, Fiorenza, Porpora and Platti.

Her first solo disk of Boccherini and Cirri cello sonatas for Sony DHM was released in Sep- tember 2014 to great acclaim and 5 star reviews; the CD has been featured on Italian Ra- dio 3’s New CD release programme Primo Movimento and Catherine was also guest artist on the Swiss Radio Programme “Sheherazade” and has performed live on Radio 3 Milan “Piazza Verdi” and the Quirinale concert series in Rome.

In 2017 Catherine recorded her second solo disk, the cello concerti of Fiorenza with the new Tasmanian baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band, for ABC Classics. This recording was released by the ABC in October 2017 and stayed at the top of the Australian Classical charts for many weeks. Catherine returned to Australia in October 2018 as soloist with Van Diemen’s Band in important venues throughout the country, including the Melbourne Reci- tal Centre, the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival (VIC) and the beautifully located UKARIA cultural centre outside Adelaide.

In Europe she has performed with prestigious international artists such as William Carter and Enrico Baiano and given solo recitals in the International Baroque Festival of Valletta (Malta), Festival de Musica Veche in Timisoara (Romania), Trigonale Festival der Alten Musik (Austria), Festival di Musica Antica di Magnano (Italy).

In the coming season Catherine will be a guest of the Utrecht Early Music Festival in a recital of Neapolitan repertoire with Enrico Baiano and also of the Urbino Festival in Italy. She will perform again as soloist in the Malta Festival and also make her debut with the Madrid based baroque orchestra La Madrileña, in Haydn’s cello concerto in C major, di- rected by the renowned Spanish conductor José Antonio Montaño.

Catherine is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag (NL) and is frequently invited to give Masterclass all over Europe; Novia University in Finland, Austria Barock Akademie in Altmünster, forum alte musik : sankt gerold, Austria and corsi di musica antica ILMA in Italy.

From 2015 Catherine is Professor of Baroque Cello at the “Felice Dall’Abaco” Conservatorium in Verona and from September 2017 she is also Professor of Baroque cello at the “Civica Scuola di Musica Claudio Abbado” in Milan. 

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