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Jonathan Butler

 Jonathan Butler, cello

Guest cellist Jonathan Butler began his musical studies at the age of four and has received fellowships from the Aspen and Verbier Music Festivals. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where he graduated with highest honors, and is now a Doctoral candidate at the New England Conservatory, Boston, studying with Natasha Brofsky. His primary teachers have been Richard Aaron and Michel Strauss. He has studied baroque cello extensively with Lucia Swarts and has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the US. A top prizewinner in the 2012 Cello Binnale Amsterdam competition, he also received the Binnale’s prize for the best performance of the work they commissioned from Yannis Kyriakides. He was a guest with the Hague Philharmonic in the Reinbert Festival (NL) and has collaborated with Ilya Gringolts, Elina Vhl, Mt Szcs, and Paul Watkins. 

He plays on a cello made by French luthier Didier Nicols l'An (the Elder) in Mirecourt (Vosges), in 1830. This is his first visit with us at the Frederick Historical Piano Concerts.

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