Hailed as one of the great Concertmasters of his generation, Jonathan Carney comes from a unique musical background; all six members of his family graduated from The Juilliard School in New York. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship and moved to London to continue his studies at the Royal College of Music.
After making successful tours of the Americas, Europe and the Far East as both leader and soloist with numerous international ensembles, including the orchestras of Los Angelos, Vancouver and Helsinki, Jonathan Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He made his debut with the orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in 1991 and has since appeared as a soloist in many of the concert halls in Britain and the continent working with conductors such as Gatti, Kreizberg and Yuri Temirkonov as well as an extensive tour of South America with Yehudi Menuhin. Other recent engagements include the BBC Philharmonic, Residentie Orkest Den Haag and Baltimore Symphony. 2005-2006 season included European tours with violinist sister Laurie performing W.A. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante with the Basque National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the continental premiere of Benjamin Britten's Double Concerto with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
From 1994 to 2000, Jonathan Carney was also Concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; performances have included the Bruch, W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Janecek and Nielson concertos, a live BBC broadcast of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending at the Barbican, and the Bottesini Grand Duo.
In addition to his recordings for CBS Masterworks, Decca, ASV and Naxos, Jonathan Carney is regularly featured on the BBC and has most recently recorded solo works by John Cage and Bruno Moderna. He was also Director of the Royal Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble and has recorded over twenty discs for Tring International including The Four Seasons, The Lark Ascending and W.A. Mozart's Third and Fifth Concertos, as well as the Sinfonia Concertante. He has recorded Johannes Brahms' G major and César Franck's sonatas, L.v. Beethoven's Archduke and Ghost trios and the Spring and Kreutzer sonatas. New releases include a disc of virtuoso works of Sarasate and Kreisler, an award winning recording of the Nielson concerto with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label and Michael Nyman's Piano Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Carney. An avid exponent of 20th-century music, his solo repertoire also includes works by Lutoslawski, Penderecki, Janacek, Paul Hindemith, Glass, Cage, Takemitsu, Peter Maxwell Davies, Benjamin Britten, William Bolcom and John Corigliano.
Recent releases include the music of Ned Rorem and John McCabe for Naxos with the Fibonacci Sequence and pianist Kathron Sturrock. Recent tours with Miss Sturrock include an American tour as well as concerts and broadcasts throughout the UK culminating in a critically acclaimed London recital. In 2002 he started his new post as Concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.