Jonathan Rubin

Jonathan Rubin was born in Sydney, Australia. He began his musical career as a guitarist before turning to the lute. In 1973 the Australia Council awarded him a grant to study at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where he completed the Diploma for Early Music in 1977

He has since specialised in basso continuo on the lute and theorbo. From 1976 until 1982 he took part in over 500 performances of the Monteverdi Cycle with Nikolaus Harnoncourt. This highly praised production of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle was subsequently recorded, filmed and performed in many major European Festivals.

He has also performed or recorded with Michel Corboz, Jean-Claude Malgoire, Heinz Holliger, Jill Feldman and many others.

In 1986 he began performing and recording regularly with the Paris-based ensemble “Les Arts Florissants” under William Christie. This group is one of few to have received the prestigious “Critics Award for the Ensemble of the Year”, along with many recording prizes.

From 1980 to 2017, he has held the post of Lute teacher at Geneva Conservatorium, and more recently the Centre de Musique Ancienne (CMA) in Geneva. He has given master classes in Israel, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia, and has edited four lute publications with ”Tree Edition”.

Along with over 60 continuo recordings for Teldec, Philips, Harmonia Mundi, Erato and others, he has recorded a solo CD of music for Lute and Bass Viol for Gallo Records. A number of solo CDs are planned for the near future.