Catherine completed her Bachelor of Music degree on Modern Cello with First Class
Honours at The University of Western Australia. She was subsequently awarded a
Postgraduate scholarship which enabled her to travel to The Hague to follow her passion
for the performance of Early Music. After being accepted into the Baroque cello class of
Jaap ter Linden at the Royal Conservatorium, four years of specialised tuition followed and
she received her qualifications in Baroque Performance, Tweede Fase Muziek and
Uitvoerend Musicus (Masters degree in Baroque/Classical Cello), also winning the
Conservatorium’s prestigious “Nicolai” prize for the highest performance exam results.
Catherine now has an international and varied career, performing and recording both as
soloist and with ensembles based all over Europe, and in addition returning to Australia to
perform solo recitals and record for ABC Classics.
She was a core member of The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra directed by Ton Koopman
for more than ten years. During this period Catherine toured extensively throughout
Europe, Asia and North America performing in most of the famous concert halls of the
world and recording more than 20 disks. She has also been a regular principal player with
The Academy of Ancient Music with whom she was solo cello with Richard Egarr in the
much acclaimed recording of Handel’s Opus 4 Organ concertos for Harmonia Mundi.
Catherine is invited regularly as guest principal with other internationally respected groups
such as The English Concert and Concerto Copenhagen and is a member of Trevor
Pinnock’s European Brandenburg Ensemble, with whom she has also toured extensively
and recorded the complete Brandenburg Concertos which won the Baroque Instrumental
Gramophone Award in 2008.
Catherine has recorded for Deutsche Grammophone for many years with the Italian
Orchestra Il Complesso Barocco, directed by the late Alan Curtis. With this group she
toured in Germany as cello soloist in the Leo concerto in d minor, which she subsequently
recorded for CD release on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label. Other more recent
chamber music recordings include the Boccherini Stabat Mater with the Belgian group
Capriola di Gioia and Amaryllis Dieltiens for Aeolus. In 2016 Capriola di Gioia will release a
new recording on Aeolus which will include solo cello sonatas of Lanzetti, performed with
Bart Naessens.
In 2008, after being invited to audition at The Concertgebouw,(Amsterdam) by the Dutch
Instrument Fund “Jumpstart Jr.” Catherine was awarded the use of a Gagliano cello for a
period of four years. Both the Boccherini and Leo cello concerto recordings are made
using this very fine instrument.
As cello soloist she has also featured in the Festival of Cremona with Il Complesso
Barocco and in the Utrecht Early Music Festival with the renowned Orchestra of the 18th
Century and the late Franz Brüggen in concertos by Leonardo Leo and JC Bach.
Catherine also performs regularly as soloist with the Baroque Orchestra of the Ernen
Festival (Switzerland) and in previous seasons has performed cello concertos by Vivaldi,
Fiorenza and Porpora.
Catherine released her first solo disk of Boccherini and Cirri cello sonatas for Sony DHM in
September 2014 to great acclaim and 5 star reviews;
“cello playing of the highest order” Johan van Veen, Musica Dei donum 2015
CV Catherine Jones
Robin Stowell, The Strad May 2nd 2015
“Catherine Jones admirably captures the expressive tone, warm cantabile
sonority and neat ornamentation characteristic of Boccherini’s playing style…. and she is
eloquent in the expressive slow movements, adding stylish
cadenzas as appropriate.”
“Brilliantly involving and technically poised performances of 18th century virtuoso cello
sonatas” Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill 25th Nov 2014
AMADEUS Magazine Feb 2015 Cesare Fertonani
“Sono interpretazioni animate da talento inventivo, slancio ritmico e vivissimo senso per la
delicatezza ma anche per la libertà della resa esecutiva di una musica che deve proprio
vivere di
ombreggiature, sfumature di colore, modi di pronunciare, accentare e intonare i periodi e
le frasi.”
This CD has been featured on Italian Radio 3’s New CD release programme Primo
Movimento and she was also a guest artist on the Swiss Radio Programme
In 2015/6 Catherine has continued to promote her most recent CD with many recitals, in
collaboration with prestigious international artists such as William Carter and Enrico
The Peninsula Festival in Melbourne, Australia (Jan 2015) Recorded live for ABC radio
The Concerti delle Camelie series, Locarno (CH)
In 2015 Catherine also performed live in the Quirinale Concert series in Rome with William
Carter and was interviewed and performed as soloist on the live Radio 3 show from Milan,
“Piazza Verdi”.
In 2016 for the Potsdam Festival she will include some new but equally virtuosic repertoire
in combination with the harpist Maria Cleary, performing Duport sonatas for cello and harp.
Catherine is very much in demand as a teacher and has taught Masterclasses at the
Austria Barock Akademie in Gmunden in August 2014, and will again be teaching there in
August 2017.
In 2015 she was invited to give Masterclasses in The Hague at the Royal Conservatorium
plus a solo recital with Jaap ter Linden.
She has also been a teacher at the ILMA summer school in San Vito al Tagliamento,
Northern Italy.
From the 2015 academic year Catherine holds the position of professor of Baroque cello
at both the Felice Dall’Abaco Conservatorium of Verona and the Giuseppe Verdi
Conservatorium in Milan.