Jonathan Cohen

Conductor, Harpsichord & Cello
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  • 02 May 2024

    Jonathan Cohen appointed Artistic Advisor to London Handel Festival as Arcangelo becomes Principal Ensemble in Residence

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  • 14 November 2022

    Jonathan Cohen appointed Artistic Director of Handel and Haydn Society

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  • 09 April 2022

    Jonathan Cohen makes his conducting debut at the Concertgebouw

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  • Handel & Haydn Society

    Jordan Hall, Boston
    Dec 2022
    • Cohen achieved visceral excitement by exploring the subtle details that make the music sing. In concertos by Zelenka and Handel, he worked like a sculptor, shaping passages between the orchestral and solo forces, paying agile attention to every arc and turn.

  • Alcina

    Glyndebourne Festival Opera
    Jul 2022
    • The accumulated power of the score is magnificently managed and driven by conductor Jonathan Cohen, with the old instruments of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in peak-period condition, dazzlingly pungent, light and airy, with a total sense of stylistic confidence. The production may be exhaustingly busy, but it entrances the audience, and provides Glyndebourne with another triumph in its sequence of Handel productions, certainly on the level of the famous Giulio Cesare back in 2005. This is the hit of the summer opera season so far.

    • The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play with considerable panache for Cohen.

    • Jonathan Cohen’s alert and lively conducting of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, whooping horns and all.

  • St Matthew Passion

    Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms
    Sep 2021
    • Add to Arcangelo's voices and instruments (pictured below) a blazing constellation of British soloists, plus alert, vigorous but never unduly rushed direction from the ensemble's conductor-harpsichordist Jonathan Cohen, and this against-the-odds Proms season boasted another night to remember and to cherish. This evening was a special gift.

  • Theordora, BBC Proms

    Royal Albert Hall
    Sep 2018
    • Cohen’s interpretation was notable for its austere beauty. Dark instrumental textures added immeasurably to the sombre mood, while Arcangelo’s choir, carefully differentiating between Roman hedonism and Christian severity, sounded glorious, despite the occasional blurring of detail in the echoey acoustic. Cohen’s judgment of the work’s measured dramatic momentum was wonderfully assured

  • The Scottish Ensemble

    St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh
    Oct 2019
    • Most striking, however, was the remarkable sense of controlled flamboyance from the Ensemble across both venues, under guest director Jonathan Cohen, who supplied some wonderfully florid contributions from the harpsichord, driving things on with abundant enthusiasm. This was high-energy playing, fresh and volatile.

  • St Paul Chamber Orchestra

    St Paul, US
    Apr 2017
    • ...a scaled-down SPCO of 10 string players traced the sparely written textures of Pergolesi's intimate accompaniment. Cohen probed and guided the musicians from a mellow chamber organ, distilling an atmosphere of mournful contemplation and private grieving. Cohen, the most recent addition to the SPCO's roster of artistic partners, earlier had shown why he is renowned as a specialist in baroque music, in a probing, sensually shaped reading of Locatelli's Concerto Grosso in E-flat, Op. 7