Trascendo is a thrilling journey through that unknown dimension that blurs the contours of pain and then, guided by a wonderful repertoire for violin solo, heaven and earth come closer. The violinist composers who wrote the four intense, vibrant masterpieces of Trascendo give us their immense talent to show that beyond life there is music. Jonathan Mesonero gives us much more than a virtuous and masterful performance. Few musicians have the gift not to read, but to breathe the score, physically and mentally. He breathes the notes as if they were oxygen that sometimes enters lightly while some other times it is so pure it even hurts. He processes the bars in his bloodstream by sending them to each nerve ending until he becomes one with his violin to transform those notes into sounds full of magic. Listening to him means feeling. Is it not feeling, feeling intensely, what we all look for in music? In a time driven by flat images of perfect unreality, Trascendo is a tribute to our imperfect humanity, to our condition as mere mortals who sometimes are able to sublimate feelings until they become a pulse of the soul that is able to break through the barriers of this world.
His elegant virtuosity, the way each piece is approached with profound knowledge and the passion with which he plays, makes Jonathan Mesonero an outstanding violinist. A musician with a clear international vocation, Jonathan has developed a sound solo career, combining classical works with a special interest in contemporary music. His performances at festivals in Spain, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal at venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, the Dusseldorf Tonhalle, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Espacio Turina in Sevilla, the Kursaal in San Sebastian and the Euskalduna in Bilbao, confirm Jonathan as a leading figure in the current music scenario. In line with his comprehensive understanding of music, Jonathan Mesonero, together with his work as a soloist, also has worked as a chamber musician with the Artemis, Casals, Orpheus and Ituriaga quartets and alongside other musicians such as Natalia Prischepenko, Harmut Rohde, Andoni Mercero, Heime Müller and members of the Berlin Philharmonic. What is more, he leads several chamber groups, such as the ArTrio Berlin, with which he was awarded first prize at the Mirabent i Magrans chamber competition. The quality of his playing is endorsed by awards such as first prize at the Gipuzkoa Violin Competition (won at the age of 15) and recognition from the Fundación Nicanor Zabaleta, Humboldt-Wardwell Stiftung, Artistas Intérpretes o Ejecutantes (AIE), the provincial government of Gipuzkoa, Fundación Kutxa and Jeunesses Muiscales, Germany (DAAD). He has shared the stage with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Ivry Gitlis, Gautier Capuçon, Midori, Arabella Steinbacher, Julian Steckel, Natalia Prischepenko and Joaquín Achúcarro amongst others and is a frequent guest of orchestras such as the Berlin Konzerthausorchester, the National Orchestra of Spain, the RTVE Orchestra, the Galicia Symphony Orchestra and the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has recorded for Spanish National Radio, Catalunya Radio and EiTB (Basque radio and television). After training at prestigious European institutions, Jonathan Mesonero graduated with honours from Musikene (Centro Superior de Música del País Vasco) with Keiko Wataya and from Berlin’s UdK (Universität der Künste) with Latica Honda-Rosenberg. He then went on to take a Master’s at Berlin’s UdK under the guidance of Irene Wilhelmi. One of Raffaela Acella’s most outstanding pupils, he has gone on to further his training under musicians such as Krzysztof Wegrzyn, Pavel Vernikov, Yayoi Toda and Alexander Brusilovsky. Jonathan plays a Roberto Regazzi 2009 Italian violin, made expressly for him.