After studying oboe at the Cologne Conservatory,
Maria Jonas went to Venezuela. Upon her return to Europe she studied voice with
Montserrat Figueras in Barcelona, with Rene Jacobs at the Schola Cantorum in
Basel and with Jessica Cash in London. She has worked and recorded with Jordi
Savall as well as various well-know early music ensembles including Seqentia,
Alte Musik Dresden and La Sfera Armoniosa. In Germany Maria Jonas is best known
for her vocal recitals with the lutist Stephan Rath. With him she recorded a
collection of songs by the seventeenth century Venetian composer Barbara Strozzi.
She has also recorded with her own group Monteverdi Ensemble Koeln. Highly
sought after as a concert soloist, Maria Jonas has toured throughout Europe with
the European Baroque Orchestra under Roy Goodman, the Hilliard Ensemble and the
English Baroque Soloists under John Eliot Gardiner.
More recently she has turned to the operatic
repertory and contemporary music and as appeared at theaters in Bochum, Neuss,
at the Batzdorfer Baroque Festival, the Teatro Reggio di Parma, the Teatro
Communale in Ferrara, the Schlossoper Ludwigsburg, Teatro Real de Madrid and the
Tearo Camoes in Lisbon.
In 1998 Maria Jonas received an invitation to the
International Festival of Contemporary Music in Cuba, as well as to Lisbon and
Madrid to perform the title role in Philip Glass and Robert Wilsonís most
recent collaboration the "White Raven". She participated on the US and
Australian tours of the highly acclaimed interpretation of Hildegard von Bingenís
"Ordo Virtutum" with the ensemble Sequentia. This season she has
accepted a teaching position in historical vocal technique at the Leipzig
Conservatory. In February 2000 Maria Jonas made her Carnegie Hall debut in the
"White Raven" under Dennis Russell Davies.