Jonatan Bougt Theorbo
Dominic Moore Musical Director
Swedish guitarist and theorbo player Jonatan Bougt is a recent graduate from the Master of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music (RCM), London where he studied with Jakob Lindberg as an RCM Scholar supported by the Musician’s Company Lambert Studentship. He also holds a First Class Bachelor of Music (Honours) from the RCM having studied for Carlos Bonell and Chris Stell. Jonatan is the first prize winner of the RCM Guitar Prize 2017 and the RCM Historical Performance Competition 2019, having received The Century Fund Prize and The Richard III Prize. In the past year, Jonatan has been selected to the young artist schemes Britten Pears Young Artist Programme and the BREMF Live! 2018/19. Other noteworthy awards include the 1st Prize in the Jörgen Rörby Competition (2014) of the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the 1st Prize in the Young Talents Competition of Uppsala International Guitar Festival (2013).
Jonatan has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen’s Gallery, Amaryllis Flemming Concert Hall, Britten Theatre, Kings Place, Snape Maltings Concert Hall (UK), Stockholm Concert Hall and Uppsala Konsert&Kongress Concert Hall (Sweden), Große Universitätsaula Salzburg (Austria) and Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, (Brazil). In 2016, Jonatan performed the UK premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s ‘White Wind Waiting’ with the RCM Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Johannes Harneit.
In 2012, he was awarded a scholarship by the City of Stockholm and the Music Conservatoire of Espirito Santo (FAMES) to give recitals with Bougt & Bergek Duo during the XIX Winter Music Festival of Domingos Martins and in Centro Cultural Justicia Federal, Rio de Janeiro. It also led to live performances on Brazilian TVGazeta. Jonatan regularly works as a chamber musician and in 2016, his guitar and piano duo with Irena Radić won 2nd Prize in the Chamber Music Competition at the Twents Guitar Festival, Netherlands and the group Dramma Per Musica are looking forward to performing in major festivals and venues around the UK including the Lake District Summer Festival, Brighton Early Music Festival and St John’s Smith Square in London.
Prior to coming to London, Jonatan studied with Bo Hansson at Södra Latin Gymnasium’s Professional Musician Programme. His studies there were supported by the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden, the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society and the Grisslehamn’s Guitar Prize.
Jonatan plays on guitars by Johannes Kitselis and Lars Jönsson. His theorbo, also made by Lars Jönsson, is generously sponsored by the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation.
Jonatan would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their generous support throughout his career and studies:
The Musicians’ Company, Margareta Rörby and the Jörgen Rörby Scholarship, the Swedish Guitar & Lute Society, the Grisslehamn’s Guitar Prize, Edilson Barboza and the FAMES in Brazil, Royal Academy of Music in Sweden, Sasha Levtov and the West Sussex Guitar Club, the Uppfostringsfonderna, the Thora Ohlsson Foundation, the Helge Ax:son Johnson Foundation, the Kjempe-Carlgrenska Foundation and Föreningen för Tidig Musik.
Photo by Mark Bothwell Photography
Dominic Moore was born in England and began learning the violin with Pamela Spofforth at the age of 8. He later won scholarships to Winchester College and the Royal College of Music studying the violin with Itzhak Rashkovsky, and also the piano as a joint first study with Peter Element.
In 2004, Dominic founded the St George’s Chamber Orchestra, which is based at St George’s Beckenham, with the conductor Madeleine Venner (née Lovell) and pianist Daniel Becker. As well as directing and leading the orchestra he frequently appears as soloist. Solo performances have included the Beethoven violin concerto, Mozart’s A major concerto and the Sinfonia Concertante with the LSO’s principal viola Edward Vanderspar. Dominic also made an unexpected conducting debut with the orchestra at very short notice in a performance of Copland’s clarinet concerto with the clarinettist Jon Carnac, followed by a full debut in May 2011.
As a soloist, Dominic has recorded a CD entitled Cafe Music with the pianist Daniel Becker for Persephone Books. The disc was brilliantly received, being broadcast several times on BBC Radio 3 and ClassicFM and was described by Classic FM magazine as ‘playing of grace and zest’.
As an orchestral player, Dominic has been invited as a guest to lead the Ulster Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Presteigne Festival Orchestra, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the West End production of Phantom of the Opera. Dominic has also appeared as soloist with the Orquestra Nacional do Porto in performances of Haydn’s and Martinu’s Sinfonia Concertantes.
Dominic is immensely grateful to the Countess of Munster, Abbado and Ian Fleming Trusts and the Musicians Loan Fund for help with acquiring an extremely rare Spanish violin by Marianus Ortega. This violin will be featured in a forthcoming book on Spanish instruments and is believed to be the only surviving example of the maker’s work.
Beckenham's Professional Orchestra
The St. George’s Chamber Orchestra (SGCO) was founded in 2004 as the professional orchestra for the South East in order to give local music lovers the opportunity to hear orchestral concerts of the highest standard on their own doorstep, and indeed for the musicians to enjoy making music together on their own doorstep!
The orchestra is drawn from an extraordinarily talented, experienced and versatile pool of musicians, a large number of whom are past winners of prestigious awards and musical competitions in the UK and elsewhere. Many either are or have been members of the leading London orchestras and a significant number are principals in those orchestras. Many others are members of Britain’s best known chamber ensembles.
St. George’s has a long, strong and respected musical heritage, and boasts one of the finest church choirs in the UK. With its spaciousness, good acoustics and warm friendly atmosphere the church is an ideal venue for a chamber orchestra.