Jonathan Martindale

Associate Leader

Jonathan Martindale enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, soloist and orchestral principal.  Since joining the CBSO in 2016 he has regularly appeared with them at major concert halls and festivals throughout Europe, China, and Japan, as well as at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival.  Jonathan regularly leads the orchestra and has also performed with them as a soloist.  The CBSO’s Centre Stage series has also given him the opportunity to perform chamber music alongside his fellow musicians, as well as visiting artists such as pianist Steven Osborne. 

Before joining the CBSO, Jonathan held the position of Principal Second Violin (no.2) with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.  Whilst there he worked closely with music directors Thomas Zehetmair, Lars Vogt and Julian Rachlin, as well as appearing as a soloist and chamber musician.  Jonathan has also been a guest player with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields working with both Sir Neville Marriner and Joshua Bell on tours throughout Europe, the Far East and Australia.

As a soloist Jonathan has performed concertos by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Dutilleux amongst others and has given solo recitals throughout the UK and further afield, notably giving a series of concerts in Melbourne, Australia that included a live broadcast for ABC Classic FM.  Another highlight included a performance for the Manchester International Festival, which saw him play solo Bach inside a unique temporary concert hall, specially created by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. 

In 2006 Jonathan co-founded the Eblana String Trio which has since gone on to fulfil a busy concert schedule of performances throughout the UK, as well as in Europe and South Africa.  Currently, the trio are City Music Foundation and Park Lane Group artists and recent concert highlights include performances at the Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and Bridgewater Hall.  They have given several live performances on BBC Radio 3 and in 2018 enjoyed a mini-residency at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, giving several concerts and masterclasses.  A keen interest in contemporary music has also seen the trio work closely with leading composers David Matthews, Kalevi Aho, and Robin Holloway, as well as giving the premieres of works written specially for the trio. 

With any spare time he has, Jonathan enjoys cooking and eating out, as well as the occasional game of tennis!