The Australian violinist JONATHAN ALLEN, first studied at the Canberra School of Music with Vincent Edwards and Josette Esquidin before moving to Hobart to further his studies with Jan Sedivka. He gave public performances and broadcasts of concertos by Prokofieff, Tchaikowsky, Haydn, Samuel Barber and Vaughan Williams and was subsequently appointed leader of the Petra String Quartet (Quartet in Residence at the University of Tasmania). In 1987 Jonathan Allen was awarded an International Study Grant which led him through Canada to Europe attending masterclasses and studing with prominent musicians such as Zoltan Szekely, Lorand Fenyves , Max Rostal and Sandor Vegh.
After a short term in the London Symphony Orchestra he moved to the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and also toured extensively as concertmaster of the Konzert Ensemble Salzburg, Neue Wiener Solisten and Klangforum Wien and guest assistant concertmaster of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Since 1991 he has been a member of the orchestra at the Zürich Opera House and is a founding member of the piano trio Il Trittico, Kammermusik Ensemble Chamäleon and the string trio Trio Sonore. Other ensembles have included Zürich String Quintet, Zürich String Soloists and guest violist with the Amati String Quartet. He has performed live broadcasts for Radio and TV, concerts including Festivals (America, Canada and Europe) and CD recordings (Arte Nova, Gallo and ProViva).
Directly inspired from the years of working with N. Harnoncourt, he is also an enthusiastic baroque violinist.