Jonas Iten

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Jonas Iten was born into a family of musicians in Zug in 1972. He took his teacher's diploma and concert examination with Markus Stocker at Winterthur Conservatory. He did his soloist's diploma in 1997 with Stanislav Apolin and Marek Jerie in Lucerne. He has won a prize at the Rahn Competition in Zurich, as well as scholarships from the Federation of Migros Cooperatives, the Ernst Göhner and Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation and his home canton of Zug.

Jonas Iten is solo cellist with the Zurich Camerata and the Zug Sinfonietta and has performed as a soloist with the Musikkollegium of Winterthur, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and numerous Swiss chamber orchestras. He performs regularly as a member of the Swiss Octet and also writes adaptations of original Swiss folk music for the ensemble.

His first solo CD «Concert Spirituel» with sonatas of Jean-Baptiste Barrière on Sony Music's Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label received excellent international reviews.

Jonas Iten teaches the cello and ensemble playing at the Zug Music School. He plays a cello by Giovanni Pistucci, Naples 1900.

How did you become a member of the Lucerne Festival Strings?

«In 2000 I received an invitation to step in for the Lucerne Festival Strings principal on a tour of South America - my first chance to perform abroad. That was naturally an exciting prospect. From the start, I was filled with enthusiasm for the ensemble's ebullience and energy, which sweeps one along with it and enables supreme performances combined with great fun. That spark is infectious!»