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Jonathan Aasgaard

Jonathan Aasgaard - cello

Instrument: Cello
Position: Section Leader
Joined: 1999

“My earliest musical experience was my father serenading me with Monteverdi on his sackbut!”

5 Questions with Jonathan…

What’s the best part of playing as part of an orchestra?
The greatest part of working with an orchestra is the repertoire, which s so vast and varied – it spans hundreds of years of great musical minds trying to express their feelings or ideas of the world through dots on paper... I find it hugely fascinating and never grow bored of it!

What brought you to Liverpool?
I grew up in Oslo, but I studied in London and became very involved in the UK classical music scene. I was really excited by the challenge of joining the profession here, and when I saw the advert for a cello position at Liverpool Philharmonic, I jumped at the chance!

What’s special about this Orchestra in particular?
Playing for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is something I’m very, very proud of. I’ve played with a number of other orchestras, but I have never had that sense of pride and belonging as I feel here. It has something to do with the relationship we have with our audiences - the fact that I recognise so many people at concerts, I meet people in the street that recognise me, and the Liverpool audiences refer to us, the orchestra, as “our orchestra.”

Who was your biggest musical influence?
It’s hard for me to pick out a single influence because my musician self has been formed out of so many influences. However, I wouldn’t have been a musician if I hadn’t been introduced to what I’m doing in the first place – and for that I have to thank my father. My father is a great musician, a great jazz player as well as classical player, and I grew up with music all around me – it was something I lived and breathed. Probably my earliest musical experience was my father serenading me with Monteverdi on his sackbut (a brass instrument & an ancestor of the modern trombone) or Thelonious Monk on the piano while still in the womb!

What’s your funniest memory from your time with the Orchestra?
It’s hard to choose out of so many! And also… the funniest moments are usually linked to something going wrong… I’m not sure I have a good enough lawyer to talk about my funniest moments with the Orchestra right now!



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