Jonathan Cohen has forged a remarkable career as a conductor, cellist, and keyboardist. Well known for his passion and commitment to chamber music, Mr. Cohen is equally at home in such diverse activities as Baroque opera and Classical symphonic repertoire. He is founder and artistic director of Arcangelo, which strives to perform high-quality and specially created projects; music director of Les Violons du Roy; associate conductor of Les Arts Florissants; artistic director of the Tetbury Festival; and artistic partner of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
In the 2018–19 season Mr. Cohen appears with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Les Violons du Roy, and makes his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchester, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, as well as the New York Philharmonic. He also returns to the BBC Proms with Arcangelo for Handel’s Theodora.
He has toured with Arcangelo to venues and festivals including London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin Philharmonie, Cologne Philharmonie, Vienna’s Musikverein, Carnegie Hall, and the Salzburg Festival. Other recent highlights include a European tour with violinist Vilde Frang that included concerts at Oslo Opera House and Tonhalle Zurich, and a BBC Proms debut at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2016.
Arcangelo has made numerous recordings on the Hyperion Records label. The ensemble’s recordings with countertenor Iestyn Davies received two Gramophone Awards: 2012 Recital category for Arias for Guadagni and 2017 Baroque Vocal category for J.S. Bach’s Cantatas Nos. 54, 82, and 170. Other recordings on the Hyperion label include collaborations with soprano Anna Prohaska and baritone Christopher Purves. Arcangelo’s 2015 Mozart CD with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics reached No. 1 in the UK specialist classical chart and received an Echo Klassik Concert Award. Recital recordings with both Christiane Karg (Scene!) and Matthew Rose (Arias for Benucci) were nominated for 2016 International Opera Awards. The recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concertos with Nicolas Altstaedt on Hyperion won the Concerto category at the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2017, and the recording of Buxtehude Trio Sonatas, Op.1, for Alpha Classics received a Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance in 2018. Arcangelo’s most recent recordings, of Magnificats by members of the Bach family and Charpentier’s Leçons de ténèbres, are already attracting critical acclaim.