THE ACADEMY of  ST OLAVE’S Jonathan Sparey

Jonathan joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1974. With them he played all over Europe, North America, South Africa & Japan, and made many recordings.

Jonathan Sparey

Violin Soloist

Jonathan Sparey joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1974. With them he played all over Europe, North America, South Africa & Japan, and made many recordings.

Jonathan Sparey was born in Keswick and won an Associated Board scholarship to the Royal Manchester College of Music, studying with David Martin, Bela Katona, Sascha Lasserson and Gyorgy Pauk.

Together with his sister Carolyn he was invited by Alfred Deller to accompany him on a six week tour of the USA in 1969, and the two of them have performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante over twenty times together; he has also appeared as a soloist in his own right under such conductors as Andrew Davis and Sir Charles Groves.

Jonathan joined the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1974. With them he has played all over Europe, North America, South Africa, and Japan, as well as making many recordings for Decca and Linn – including the first-ever complete set of the fifteen quartets of Shostakovich (who befriended them near the end of his life). Pre-release copies of their latest CD (which includes the Brahms Clarinet Quintet with Lesley Schatzberger) were available at the concert. The Fitzwilliam were Quartet-in-Residence at the University of York from 1971 to 1986, and they are also Affiliate Artists at Bucknell University, USA , where they were made Honorary Doctors of Music at Bucknell in 1981 – conferred by Shostakovich’s son Maxim.

Jonathan has also played in the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, the Schiller Piano Trio, the San Petronio Players, the Avison Ensemble, Florilegium, and the King’s Consort.

His violin was made by Brothers Amati in 1596.

January 2007

Jonathan Sparey
Concerto performances with the Academy of St Olave’s

Saturday 13 January 2007

MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K.364
(Violin: Jonathan Sparey, Viola: Alan George)

YORK FESTIVAL CONCERT – Monday 20 June 1988

MOZART: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat major K.364
(Violin: Jonathan Sparey, Viola: Carolyn Sparey)

Saturday 18 July 1987

MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major K.219