In Conversation

Jonas Zschenderlein & Paul Dyer

In this interview, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s dynamic star of Bach's Universe, Jonas Zschenderlein, sits down with our Artistic Director Paul Dyer to discuss Bach, music and bikes. 


Born and raised in Koblenz, Germany, Jonas Zschenderlein started to play the violin at the age of 5 and at just 11 years old he began the Baroque violin. As a teenager he was already playing with professional early music groups, and at this time he also founded his own ensemble 4 Times Baroque.

Between 2008 and 2014 Jonas was one of the leaders of the Baroque youth orchestra Bachs Erben, which performs without a conductor and is coached by members of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

As a member of the Baroque ensemble Concerto +14, he was awarded a scholarship at the German Music Competition (Deutscher Musikwettbewerb) 2012 in Bonn and was chosen for the 57th Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists (BAKJK).

Today, Jonas plays regularly with many early music ensembles throughout Europe such as Gaechinger Cantorey (Bachakademie Stuttgart), The English Concert, Dunedin Consort, Dorothee Oberlinger (Ensemble 1700), and Il Pomo d’Oro, and he is in great demand as a leader. Concert tours have taken him all over Europe, as well as to Japan, Korea, China, USA, Canada and South America. He has performed – often as leader or soloist – at Carnegie Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikverein Vienna, Philharmonie de Paris and in nearly all the major concert venues in Germany.

Jonas studied modern violin from 2009 until 2013 with Professor Ariadne Daskalakis and Sebastian Gottschick at the University of Music and Dance (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz) in Cologne.

Studying the Baroque violin has always been an important part of his life, bringing him to the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris) with Professor François Fernandez, and to the University of Music in Würzburg with Prof. Dr. Pauline Nobes and Dr. Tassilo Erhardt.

Another great influence for Jonas has been close collaborations with musicians such as Riccardo Minasi, Petra Müllejans, Maurice Steger and Hans-Christoph Rademann.

Together with the harpsichord player Alexander von Heißen, he has recorded a solo album of violin sonatas by Bach, Corelli, Westhoff and Montanari, which was released to great critical acclaim on the label Deutsche Harmonia Mundi/Sony in 2018.

Jonas is a passionate cyclist and gets inspiration for his work while riding his bike in the mountains.

Biography: Jonas Zschenderlein, 2021
Image Credit: Keith Saunders, 2021