The passion for music that resounds in cellist Jonas Pap's play, has
possibly to do with the meaning of music in his childhood. Jonas moves
a lot as child, and lives in different places, but constantly there
is music to be heard and to be played. For him, music is constantly
there, the cello is his travelling companion. His mother and father,
both musicians, have an enormous collection of records and cd's, from
Bach, Mozart and Palestrina to the Beatles, Coltrane and Ligeti.
Therefore, Jonas likes to balance between 'classical' and 'light'.
From 2001, he is doing a music-vocational education. He started with
a classical education at the academy of music of Zwolle, and was taught by
cellist Ran Varon. Besides the regular education, Jonas attended
different masterclasses in, for example, Switzerland. After a couple of
years the interest towards 'light music' could not stay out. Since
September 2004, Jonas studies 'cello light music' at the academy of
music of Arnhem. Apart from the classical lessons taught by RenÈ Berman,
there are the 'light' lessons by Ernst Reysiger, Paul Stauthammer and
Performing is in his blood. He could barely touch the strings, when he
already performed at different stages in Europe, varying from
the Concertgebouw, old churches and cathedrals, under the mill of
Moulin Rouge in paris and the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam.
Jonas Pap also confers his cooperation during the recording of
different kinds of cd's and dvd's regurlaly. On Epica's last album
'We Will Take You with Us', we can hear Jonas 'acoustically' as well
as 'heavy'. Besides recording cd's, Jonas has accompanied different
2-Metersessies of, for example, Feeler, Epica and Stone Sour. As a
cellist, Jonas played with different types of bands this year, such as
Epica, a balladeer, Benjamin Winter, the Royal Dutch Disco Phylharmonic
and he visited different studio's including the Wisseloord Studio.
The rehearsing, playing with musical friends and the performing is his
greatest passion. Therefore, we can hear him often as a soloist or as
the companion of instrumentalists and vocalists.