Catherine Jones- cello
Catherine Jones 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 enabling her to travel to The Hague to follow her passion for the performance of Early Music. There she was accepted into the baroque cello class of Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium. In 1999, following 4 years of specialized tuition, she received her qualifications in Baroque Performance (“Tweede Fase” or Master of Music), also winning the Conservatorium’s prestigious “Nicolai” prize for the highest performance exam results.
Catherine has an international and varied career, performing and recording with ensembles based all over Europe, and also returning to Australia to perform in chamber concerts, most recently for the University of Western Australia’s Baroque concert series, for ABC Classics and as principal cellist in the Australian Opera.
Catherine is a regular principal player with The Academy of Ancient Music, a long-standing member of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and has regular guest principal invitations with internationally respected groups such as The English Concert, Florilegium, La Petite Bande, Sonnerie and Concerto Copenhagen. She is also a member of Trevor Pinnock’s European Brandenburg Ensemble, with whom she has recorded the complete Brandenburg Concertos in 2006/7 and also toured extensively. As continuo cellist, Catherine records for Deutsche Grammophon 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 for release on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label. In the 2009 Utrecht Early Music Festival she was featured as cello soloist with the renowned Orchestra of the 18th Century and Franz Brüggen.
In September 2008 Catherine was invited by the Dutch Instrument Foundation “Jumpstart Jr” to audition at the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and at the discretion of an international jury of respected Early Music specialists she was consequently awarded the loan of a very fine Italian cello by Nicolo’ Gagliano (1770).