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Jonathan Aasgaard

Norwegian cellist Jonathan Aasgaard studied the cello at the Barratt Dues School of Music in Oslo with Bjørn Solum and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. A pupil of the late Prof. Leonard Stehn, Jonathan won all the cello and chamber music prizes and was a Gold Medal finalist. He received his recital Award in 1998 together with a medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

In 1999 he was appointed principal cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and has since performed more than 25 works for cello and orchestra with the RLPO. He is regularly invited as a guest principal with several leading British and European orchestras. Chamber music performances have taken him around Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and the USA including a range of leading festivals.

His recordings include a disc of transcriptions for cello and piano with Ian Buckle (MSRclassics) and the critically acclaimed album ’From Jewish Life’ (AVIE) with the RLPO and Gerard Schwarz, which includes Bloch’s Schelomo and music by Bruch, Diamond and Schwarz. For the Carl Davis Collection, Jonathan has recorded Carl Davis’ Ballade for cello and orchestra (with the RLPO) and a disc of music from Carl Davis’ film scores for cello and orchestra (with the Philharmonia). A recording of Brahms’ cello sonatas with Martin Roscoe (AVIE) are due to be released in autumn 2012.

Jonathan is interested in a wide range of repertoire from Bach to Elliot Carter and has given several world premiers, working particularly with Robert Saxton and Simon Bainbridge as well as the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim. His repertoire comprises many contemporary concertos from Henze and Lutoslawski to Tan Dun and Jon Lord. In 2011, he gave the US premiere of concertos by Franz Neruda and Emil Hartman in New York and the world premiere Carl Davis’ Ballade for cello and orchestra.

Jonathan plays a cello made by Celeste Farotti in Milan 1926.