NORWEGIAN CELLIST JONATHAN AASGAARD STUDIED CELLO WITH THE LATE PROFESSOR LEONARD STEHN AT THE GUILDHALL SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA, WINNING ALL THE CELLO AND CHAMBER MUSIC PRIZES AND BECOMING A GOLD MEDAL FINALIST
In 1999 he was appointed principal cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic at an unusually young age and has since performed more than 25 works for cello and orchestra with the RLPO. He is also principal cellist of the John Wilson Orchestra and 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.
Recordings include the album ‘From Jewish Life’ with the RLPO and Gerard Schwarz, a disc of transcriptions for cello and piano, and two albums of music by Carl Davis for cello and orchestra with the Philharmonia. His repertoire comprises many contemporary concertos from Henze and Lutoslawski to Tan Dun and Jon Lord.
Jonathan has given numerous premières, including the world première of Carl Davis’ Ballade for cello and orchestra and the US première of concertos by Franz Neruda and Emil Hartmann in New York.