Garfield Jackson

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Garfield Jackson is Principal Viola of the Oxford Philharmonic. He was born in London and studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and the Royal Academy of Music. He has been a member of the Endellion String Quartet since it’s foundation in 1979. The quartet has appeared worldwide, given regular high-profile series in London, broadcasts for the BBC and has for twenty years been resident at Cambridge University. As a soloist, Garfield has appeared at the Southbank, Barbican and Wigmore Hall. As a chamber musician, he has appeared with many international artists including Steven Isserlis and Joshua Bell. Garfield currently teaches viola at the Royal Academy of Music and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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Richard Cookson

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Jon Thorne

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Jon Thorne holds the position of Solo Viola of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. He studied at the London College of Music with Maureen Smith and Penny Filer, then at the Royal College of Music with Simon Rowland-Jones and later with Mark Knight. Upon leaving the RCM, Jon joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Jon left the BSO to form the Bronte String Quartet, performing at venues such as Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room, and many festivals throughout the UK and abroad. Jon joined the Badke Quartet in 2009 and played with them at venues throughout the UK and abroad including Wigmore Hall (live on BBC Radio 3), Kings Place, the Aix, Montreux, Ljubljana and Mecklenburg Festivals, Esterhazy Palace, USA tours and the Concertgebouw. Jon is a current member of The Oculi Ensemble. He is also a regular guest principal with the London Philharmonic, English Chamber and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras. Jon plays a viola by Giovani Grancino 1682.

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Jonathan Barritt

BY Larisa    May 14, 2019

Jonathan Barritt holds the position of Solo Viola of the Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Jonathan studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Atar Arad and Mischa Geller, and was awarded all the major prizes for viola. He graduated with distinction in 1983 and was immediately offered a position with the English Chamber Orchestra where he was appointed co-principal viola in 1988. From 1995 to 2001, Jonathan was a member of the Allegri String Quartet, before returning to the ECO as Principal Viola. As a versatile artist, Jonathan has managed a varied career and is much in demand as a soloist and chamber musician both in the UK and abroad. He has subsequently worked with most of the London orchestras and has guest lead the London Symphony, Philharmonia, CBSO, Mozart Players, BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish and BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestras viola sections. He also holds teaching positions at the Royal College of Music and the Junior Royal Academy of Music. He plays a Giovanni and Francesco Grancino viola c.1680.

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