Jonathan Lo


Gerhard and Ariane Bruendl Chair

Jonathan Lo


Canadian cellist Jonathan Lo has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician, and has appeared as soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. His chamber music collaborations have led to performances with Geoff Nuttall, Mark Steinberg, Lynn Harrell, Dasol Kim, and Louis Schwizgebel; additionally he has worked closely with leading composers of our time such as Osvaldo Golijov, Oliver Knussen, and Shulamit Ran.

Jonathan was the founding cellist of the Rolston String Quartet, winners of the 12th Banff International String Quartet Competition and the first international ensemble to receive the Cleveland Quartet Award. Praised for their “maturity and cohesion rivaling the best string quartets in the world” (Musical Toronto), they performed throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, in such concert halls as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Wigmore Hall. For the 21/22 season, Jonathan served as acting principal cello of the Vancouver Opera. He regularly performs at Music in the Morning, Music on Main, and with musica intima, and the Turning Point Ensemble. He has given masterclasses at the University of Toronto, University of Calgary, and La Jolla SummerFest, and teaches cello and chamber music at the Vancouver Academy of Music.

Jonathan holds degrees from Rice University, the Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music, as well as fellowships from the Rebanks Family Fellowship Program and Yale University. His major teachers include Norman Fischer, Desmond Hoebig, Andrés Díaz, Joel Krosnick, Steven Doane, and Audrey Nodwell.