Chamber Music Coach
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
He is a founding member of the Eblana String Trio with whom he regularly performs for music festivals and societies throughout the country. The trio have also been featured as performing artists on the Radio 3 In Tune programme and will perform as part of the Park Lane Group London series during the 2015/16 season.
Formed at the RNCM in 2006 the trio were the winners of the Hirsch, Musicales, and Christopher Rowland Memorial prizes, also going on to win the 2010 RNCM Chamber Music Award and audience prize. They were regular performers in the RNCM’s celebrated chamber festivals and notably performed the Schoenberg String Trio to critical acclaim in the 2009 festival: “...the late, mercurial, if elliptical, String Trio, a sort of 12-tone divertimento, was brilliantly undertaken by the RNCM’s Eblana String Trio” (Sunday Times). Between 2013 and 2015 the trio were Junior Fellows in chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire providing chamber music coaching as well as performing in the Conservatoire’s concert series and Festivals.
Other highlights have included performing the Hindemith String Trios in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the Schoenberg Trio and Verklärte Nacht for Birmingham Conservatoire chamber music festival, a recital performance in Germany for MusikFest Goslar, as well as attending the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove.
Outside of the trio Jonathan currently holds the position of Principal 2nd Violin (no.2) of the Royal Northern Sinfonia where he can also regularly be heard as a member of the chamber ensemble. Since 2011 he has also been a member of Manchester Camerata and has appeared with them as a soloist, principal player and chamber musician. For a number of years he has also been a guest player with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields working both with Sir Neville Marriner and Joshua Bell on tours throughout Europe, the Far East and Australia.
Jonathan completed a first-class honours degree in music at Manchester University before going on to study for a Masters in Performance and International Artist Diploma at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Leland Chen. During his time at college he was awarded the Cowan and Roger Raphael prizes for violin and was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music.
As a soloist, Jonathan has performed concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Haydn, Dutilleux, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Beethoven in venues throughout the UK and Europe. He has also given many solo recitals throughout the UK and in August 2011, undertook a series of recitals and an ABC radio broadcast in Melbourne Australia, together with pianist Matthew Kam. For the 2009 Manchester International Festival Jonathan performed Bach’s G Minor Sonata for solo violin inside a newly created performance space designed by internationally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid.