Jon Tooby has been playing the cello since the age of 7. At the age of 18 he joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra as a tutti player where he is still today after 17 years. Jon has used Perth as a base to expand his musical experience both within Australia and overseas. He spent 3 years studying in London from 1990-94 with Christopher Bunting and William Pleeth. During his time there he worked with the BBC, Halle and London Philharmonic Orchestras and won competitions at the Royal College of Music both as chamber Musician and soloist. Jon also attended the Britten-Pears Summer School in 1994 where he took part in the cello workshop with William Pleeth . Since returning to Perth in 1994 Jon has worked extensively in chamber music and as a soloist along with his position in the WASO. Jon is a member of the cello quartet ”I Cellisti” formed in 1995 which has given over 2oo performances within Australia. In 1999 Jon was a string finalist in the Australian Young Performers Competition He performed Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No1 with the the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Jon is passionate about contemporary music and has worked with the WASO Contemporary ensemble as well as the group, Elision, based in Queensland. Chamber music is Jon’s real passion and has performed extensively the Piano Trio repertoire. Currently he is a member of the West Australian Piano Trio and is involved in a five concert series to be held in 2005 in Perth. Chamber Music partners include Piers Lane, Brett Dean, John Harding, Lisa Moore, Natalie Clein and James Boyd. Jon is also heavily involved as a cello and chamber music tutor and has worked in recent times for AYO and as a chamber music coach at a summer school at the Menhuin School in U.K In 2005 Jon will also be performing at the Sydney Festival as a chamber musician.Also I Cellisti will be taking part in World Expo in Japan including a tour there in July.