Jonathan Békés is one of Australia’s leading cellists and is a renowned solo artist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and educator.
Békés grew up in Campbelltown, Sydney and began playing the cello at the age of 10. He studied a Bachelor of Music (performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and completed the Professional Performance Program at the Australian National Academy of Music. He studied with some of Australia’s leading cellists including Howard Penny, Julian Smiles and Susan Blake. He has worked with and played for some of the world’s leading cellists including Steven Isserlis, Pieter Wispelway, Nicholas Altstaedt, Alban Gerhart and Peter Bruns.
Békés is based in Hobart, Tasmania where he is Principal cellist with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra: a position that he has held since 2021. He also plays regularly with the Australian World Orchestra, with whom he toured to Singapore in 2016 and India in 2018, the Southern Cross Soloists, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been principal cellist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Momentum Ensemble, the Musician’s Project, the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Békés is high demand as a chamber musician and frequently performs alongside renowned artists including Anthony Marwood, Stephan Dohr, Ole Bøhn, Howard Penny and Timothy Young. He is a founding member of the award-winning Clarendon Trio; semi-finalists in the 2018 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and First Place winners in the 2017 ANAM Chamber Music Competiton.
He is also a founding member of the Estivo Trio who have performed across the world including acclaimed concert tours of China, America, Italy and Norway. Békés tours with Musica Viva and regularly presents chamber concerts across Tasmania as an artist for Virtuosi Tasmania.
As a solo artist Békés performs often across Australia and throughout the world. He has played as soloist with many orchestras across Australia including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, Hobart Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Youth Orchestra and the South Coast Orchestra.
As an educator Békés is a passionate advocate for music for all people at all forms of life. He has taught extensively across Australia and runs a number of different projects and workshops throughout the country. He regularly takes masterclasses at conservatoriums and schools across the world. As an orchestral tutor and chamber coach Békés teaches around Australia at various institutions and orchestras. Many exciting projects are coming up in the future so watch this space.
Békés, in his spare time, is a keen sportsman and an outdoors enthusiast. He is an overly passionate golfer, crazed squash player and a true AFL fanatic. He follows the Sydney Swans and the Hobart Hurricanes, and goes on hiking and mountain biking adventures across Tasmania on a regular basis.