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.