Jonathan Tunnell cello

Jonathan Tunnell studied 'cello in Manchester with Ralph Kirshbaum and Emma Ferrand and in Berlin with Wolfgang Boettcher made possible by an award from the Countess of Munster Trust. Whilst in Berlin he played with many groups including the Gruppe Neue Musik and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He also played as solo cellist with the Kammer Oper Berlin.

On returning to the UK he was for seven years a member of the Brindisi Quartet with whom he recorded many highly acclaimed discs including the complete quartets of Frank Bridge which was nominated for a Gramophone Award. He now devotes his time to a wide variety of music making. He has performed quintets with the Allegri, Belcea, Maggini and Medici Quartets and plays regularly with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. He is co-principal cello with the Orchestra of St. John's and the Orchestra of the Glyndebourne Tour. He has played as guest principal with the City of London Sinfonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Scottish Ensemble.

In the commercial music world he has performed on over 300 film and television scores from Gladiator and James Bond to Harry Potter. In the popular music world he has also worked with many top performers including Madonna, Elton John, the Spice Girls, Bjork and Oasis.

He plays an Italian cello made in Venice in 1855 by Luigi Fabris.

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