Jonathan Butler (b. 1989) holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, where he graduated with highest honors. His primary teachers have been Richard Aaron, Michel Strauss, and Jan-Ype Nota, and Jonathan has studied baroque cello extensively with Lucia Swarts. Jonathan began his musical studies at age 4, and has since received fellowships from the Aspen and Verbier Music Festivals. He has been a section player in the symphony orchestras of Lansing, Michigan, and The Hague, and was a top prize winner in the 2012 Amsterdam Cello Biennale. An advocate of new music, he also received the prize for the best performance of the commissioned work of Yannis Kyriakides and has appeared as an artist in the Reinbert Festival with The Hague Philharmonic. Jonathan has collaborated with artists such as Ilya Gringolts, Elina Vähälä, Máté Szűcs, and Paul Watkins. He plays on a cello made by Didier Nicolàs in Cremona, in 1830. And in his free time, Jonathan enjoys water-skiing, a competitive game of catchphrase, and is a Jenga champion.