Jonathan Talbott is the co-director of:

Ensemble Braccio

Ensemble BraccioSince its creation in 1996 by violinist Jonathan Talbott and cellist Tormod Dalen, Ensemble Braccio has won wide critical acclaim for its performances and recordings. Braccio brings the ravishing and passionate music of renaissance and early baroque violin ensembles back to life. The name of the group is taken from the original name for the violin: viola da braccio.

Praised for its “fresh and lively music making,” its “illuminating and memorable” concerts, and its “intimate and communicative playing,” Braccio plays on instruments designed and made for them after detailed study of pictures and playing styles of the time.

Recordings of Ensemble Braccio can be heard on the Aliud label and as part of the permanent exhibition of the Vleeshuis Museum in Antwerp.


Chordae Freybergensis

Chordae Freybergensis brings the music of the angels to life.

The ensemble, composed of professors and researchers of early stringed instruments, plays on copies of the only known 16th Century consort violins: the instruments preserved in the chapel of the Dom in Freiberg, Germany.

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For 7 years Jonathan Talbott was Artistic Director and Concertmaster of:

Concerto Barocco

Concerto BaroccoPraised for its "impeccable precision of ensemble", the Dutch baroque orchestra Concerto Barocco performs more than 40 concerts a year, including a concert series in the orchestra's home town of Hengelo, NL. The members of the orchestra have a widely different international background but one thing in common: their passion for early music. Many left their home countries to specialise in early music in the Netherlands, and musical friends do not part easily. As Concerto Barocco they play music of the late Renaissance and Baroque on period instruments or copies thereof, performing with widely varied instrumentations to suit particular programmes ranging from intimate chamber music to large-scale oratorios.


Jonathan Talbott is a part time member of:

Ensemble Fortuna

FortunaFortuna presents a fresh approach to late medieval polyphony – brilliant voices, high-pitched instruments and vivacious tempi – thus Fortuna creates the distinctive sound the ensemble achieved critical acclaim for, both in The Netherlands and abroad.

Fortuna performs Ars Nova from unknown manuscripts like Utrecht 6E37II as well as the works of famous composers like Guillaume de Machaut, Guillaume Dufay and Johannes Ciconia. Thereby always transforming meticulous research into the spontaneous music making that established the ensemble’s reputation in the field of Early Music – a performance today’s audiences can relate to: Early Music in Context.

Fortuna has participated in Early Music Festivals and chamber music festivals in The Netherlands and abroad, such as the Festival of Flanders Antwerp (Laus Polyphoniae), the Early Music Festival SEVIQC (Slovenia), the Festival de Musique Ancienne (Paris), and the Holland Early Music Festival (Utrecht). Concerts by Fortuna are broadcast by Dutch radio and television.

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