Violinist Jonathan Stone is an internationally acclaimed chamber musician, soloist, concertmaster and director.
His love of music has taken him across the world to great concert halls such as New York’s Carnegie Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Musikverein, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Hamburg Laeiszhalle and, closer to home, regular performances at Wigmore Hall. He has collaborated with artists including John Adams, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jonathan Biss, Andreas Haefliger, Chen Halevi, Alina Ibragimova, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Richard Lester, Anthony Marwood, and Peter Wispelwey.
Upon graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2005, Jonathan joined the Doric String Quartet, with whom he went on to win several prizes including 1st prize at the 2008 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan, 2nd prize at the Premio Paolo Borciani International String Quartet Competition in Italy and the Ensemble Prize at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in Germany. Now established as the leading British string quartet of its generation, the ensemble garners enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics across the globe. They have recorded 16 discs for Chandos Records. Current and future releases include string quartets by Mendelssohn and Haydn as well as John Adams’ Absolute Jest for quartet and orchestra with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The 2017/18 season sees the Doric String Quartet featured at the Wigmore Hall with five concerts as part of the Hall’s Haydn Series. June 2018 sees the group take up the Artistic Directorship of the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. The Quartet also takes part in the inaugural Amsterdam String Quartet Biennale as well as appearing at the Malmö Chamber Music Festival and returning to Mecklenburg Vorpommern for the Spring Festival in Rügen. Further afield the Quartet returns to the US for its annual tour
which includes performances in Hawaii, Salt Lake City, Boston, Washington DC and New York. The Dorics are resident at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
Jonathan is also a founder member of the Phoenix Piano Trio. Described as ‘exquisitely sensitive’ by BBC Music Magazine, the Trio is renowned for its honest and insightful interpretations which span the entire genre. This summer, they will release the first in a series of recordings capturing the intense musical output from Leipzig in the 1840s that connected composers such as Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Robert and Clara Schumann and Niels Gade. As dedicated advocates of living composers, they have commissioned and recorded both Cheryl Frances-Hoad’s The Forgiveness Machine for the Champs Hill label and Philip Venables' Klaviertrio im Geiste for NMC.
Jonathan's interpretations are strongly influenced by his fascination with historically informed performance. He has recently been appointed leader of the French orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie. Recent highlights have included performances at Cologne Philharmonie and Edinburgh, Chaise-Dieu, Ravello and Beaune Festivals.
Jonathan’s violin was crafted by Raffaele and Antonio Gagliano of Naples in 1830 and he plays with bows made by Luis Emilio Rodriguez Carrington and Eugène Sartori.