"However, the competition's most exciting players to watch were Duo Domenico. The spoken introductions by Vladimir Waltham (cello, fretted bass cello) and Jonathan Rees (5-string cello, 7-string bass viol) were mildly stilted but amiable, but there was no disputing the fluency of their playing of Boccherini's Sonata in A Major ('L'Impératrice'); the duo achieved masterful pianissimo passages in the central Largo and exciting 'shredding' in the Allegro of the sort some of us might admire in heavy metal guitar virtuosi. The physical commitment and energy of a Canon by Domenico Gabrielli was a dynamic conclusion, and the combination of two musicians, four instruments and a liberal infusion of musical imagination caused a beguiling range of colourful sonorities and moods. It was unsurprising that Duo Domenico was awarded the Friends of the York Early Music Festival Prize (the closest thing to an audience prize)"
Born in Bristol, Jonathan Rees has appeared across Europe as cellist and gamba player with the UK’s leading period performance ensembles. In the coming months he will be appearing as continuo cellist with the Academy of Ancient Music on their tour of the US and Canada, with the viol consort Fretwork, and in the ENO’s forthcoming production of Purcell’s Indian Queen. Recent engagements include appearances as principal cellist and gamba soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, La Nuova Musica and many other ensembles. He has given solo performances in the Leeds International chamber music series, Lichfield festival, Bristol’s Colston Hall, a recent BBC Proms composer portrait of Colin Matthews and Birmingham Opera Company’s 2012 performance of Stockhausen’s “Mittwoch aus Licht.” As a chamber musician he has performed in the Cheltenham, Lake District and Trondheim music festivals, played as principal cellist with the Manchester Camerata, and appeared with the LSO, London Sinfonietta and Aurora orchestra in venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Southbank Centre and Camden Roundhouse. Before post-graduate studies with Mats Lidstrom and Jonathan Manson at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Jonathan gained a first class degree in German and French from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is currently employed by the university as a researcher into seventeenth-century French street song. He is the organiser of Bristol's much praised Really Classical Relay, which will return in May 2015.
French-born Vladimir Waltham studied in the Conservatoires in Toulouse and Pau, at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, from which he obtained his Master’s degree with distinction in 2012.
An extremely versatile musician, Vladimir divides his time between solo, chamber, orchestral and teaching work on both modern and baroque Cello. His modern ensembles the Linos Piano Trio and the Hieronymus Quartet have been earning high praise from critics as well as various prizes at international competitions. On baroque cello, he was one of two young artists selected by the Jumpstart Jr. foundation in 2013, which loans him a beautiful baroque cello by Nicola Gagliano.
His still short career has taken him to play solo and chamber music in halls all over the world, including all of London’s major halls (Wigmore, Barbican, Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth, Cadogan halls, King’s Place, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St John’s Smith Square...), but also Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Musiekgebouw aan t’Ij, Tokyo’s Sumida Triphony Hall, Vienna’s Schönberg Center, and many more. He has shared the platform with Philippe Graffin, Daniel Phillips, Daniel Rowland, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Karine Georgian, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alexander Baillie...