Jonathan Békés has been playing the cello since the age of 10. He is currently studying at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) under the guidance of Howard Penny. In 2014 he completed a Bachelor of Music (performance) under the direction of Julian Smiles. He has won various awards at competitions and eisteddfods and has attained his A.Mus and L.Mus both with distinction.
He is recipient of the 2016 Accenture Australia Scholarship and the Sydney Conservatorium’s Corinna d’Hage String Scholarship.
Jonathan has taken his cello across the world having performed in four different continents. He has toured with the Australian World Orchestra and performs regularly with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He is a founding member of the world renowned Estivo Trio and was the cellist for the award winning Tecchler String Quartet. Jonathan has been the principal cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Jonathan has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras around Australia. In 2011 he played for a full house at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as part of the HSC ENCORE program. He has performed for many of the world’s great cellists and chamber groups including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelwey, the Borodin String Quartet and the Goldner String Quartet. He has worked closely with members of Ensemble Liaison, the Australian World Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and is in great demand as a performer, chamber musician and teacher across Australia.
In his spare time Jonathan is a passionate Sydney Swans supporter. He is a keen squash player, an avid golfer and loves to get outside to go hiking and mountain biking.
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