Jonathan Manson was born in Edinburgh and received his formative training at the International Cello Centre in Scotland under the direction of Jane Cowan, and was later taught by Steven Isserlis and David Waterman in London and Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music. While in America, he became involved with the performance of early music and from there went to the Hague to study viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken. 

As a period instrument performer, Jonathan Manson plays and records regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert and many other leading early music ensembles. He has made numerous recordings for Erato, Decca, Chandos, Naxos and Simax Classics, and is principal cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
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