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.