Belfast-born Jonathan Byers began playing the cello aged seven, and went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Prof. David Strange and Jennifer Ward-Clarke. Aside from performing with the Badke Quartet, Jonathan has a busy and varied freelance career performing as guest principal with many orchestras and period instrument groups, including the Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Classical Opera Company, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Early Opera Company. He is co-principal cello with the English Concert and the Irish Baroque Orchestra.
Jonathan also performs with Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique and has worked as guest principal with the Symphony Orchestra of India, and with the Weinberger Kammerorchester in Zurich, directed by Gábor Takács-Nagy. He also enjoys performing in recording sessions for film and TV soundtracks.