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1997 Jonathan Byers, Cello

Belfast cellist Jonathan Byers who won in 1997 plays with the Badke Quartet, widely recognised as one Britain’s finest string quartets. The Badke regularly performs at festivals in the UK and abroad, including the Aldeburgh and Verbier Festivals, Belfast Festival at Queens, Chichester Festivities and the London String Quartet Week. Jonathan works regularly with several other period instrument groups including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and his other orchestral work includes Camerata Ireland, the RTE Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra.