17 - 25 August

Nicholas Jones has a distinguished career as performer and teacher. As soloist, chamber musician and principal cellist, he has performed throughout Europe and the USA. He is Head of Strings at Chetham’s School of Music, the UK’s largest specialist music school, Manchester and also a professor of cello at the Royal Northern College of Music.

From 1989 – 1997 he was cellist of the Bochmann Quartet, giving concerts and recording with them at many of the major UK festivals and concert halls. He was also principal cellist of the English String Orchestra, with whom he was a frequent soloist and director, performing with the orchestra throughout Europe and the USA with Lord Yehudi Menuhin, including Berlin Philharmonie and many times at the Gstaad Festival.

From 2001 – 2006 he was a teacher/performing artist at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, USA, performing with colleagues from all over the world. He also appeared in the Festival’s Winter Series in New York. Recent performances have included the St. Cyprien Festival – France, Valdres Festival – Norway, Siena Quatro Quarto Music Festival – Italy (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2017), the Arona Festival, Tenerife, with the Chamber Music Society of Korea and in Lithuania in the National Philharmonic Chamber Series, Vilnius and the Kaunas Philharmonic Chamber Series and at the Philharmonic Hall, Minsk.

Nicholas plays in a Piano Trio with the Czech violinist Pavel Fischer and Norwegian pianist Gunnar Flagstaad. With colleagues Franco Mezzena and Stefano Giovazzi he has also given trio recitals in Italy; recently performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Mantua Festival Orchestra, Bari Symphony Orchestra and Collegium Symphonium Veneto.

His most recent recording was of Peter Lieuwen’s Cello Concerto, with the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra.

In 2008, in conjunction with the Wigmore Hall, London, he founded  a national and international string quartet project that annually brings together young string quartets from normal schools, specialist schools and Conservatoires to work intensively with a major young UK quartet and distinguished chamber music performers and teachers, including Christoph Richter, Johannes Moesel, Thomas Riebl, Miguel da Silva, Marc Johnson, Jan Tallich and Pavel Fischer. The project brings together four generations of quartet/chamber musicians in an open, warm and inclusive environment, to share important skills and artistic concepts as well as love, enthusiasm and energy for chamber music. The genre is investigated deeply for its own sake but also as a metaphor for human collaboration and empathy.

Masterclasses have included at all the Conservatoires of the UK, Barratt-Due Institute and the State Academy in Norway, St. Petersburg Special Music Schools and Conservatoire, Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga Music Academies, conservatoires in the USA, Belarus and Germany and Salzburg Mozarteum. Nicholas has also been a regular teacher at the Astona Summer Festival, Switzerland. In May 2018, he will be on the jury and give masterclasses at the Carl Davidoff International Cello Competition in Latvia.