Catherine Jones (cello)
Catherine began her career as a modern cellist in Perth, Western Australia. After receiving a Postgraduate scholarship she relocated to The Hague to follow her passion for Early Music. Following four years of specialized 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 (directed by the late Alan Curtis) 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 Complesso Barocco and recorded the Leo Cello Concerto for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label with this group. Catherine also performs regularly as soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen Musikdorf Festival 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 September 2014 to great acclaim and 5 star reviews; the CD has been featured on Italian Radio 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 March 2017 Catherine will be recording a new solo CD of the cello concerti by the Neapolitan composer Nicolò Fiorenza for the ABC Classics label in Australia with the newly formed Tasmanian Baroque orchestra Van Diemen’s Band.
In the coming European concert season she will also be collaborating with prestigious international artists such as William Carter and Enrico Baiano and will give 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).
Catherine is a Visiting Professor at the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag (Holland) and invited regularly to give Masterclass all over Europe (Novia University - Finland/ Austrian Baroque Academy in Gmunden/ ILMA - Italy).
In August 2017 she will be the Baroque cello Professor at the International Masterclasses for Chamber Music, Forum Alte Musik, in Sankt Gerold (Austria).
In 2015 Catherine became Professor of Baroque Cello at the “Felice Dall’Abaco” Conservatorium in Verona.