Originally from Billingham, Teesside, Jonathan gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutorship of John Mills, Graham Anthony Devine, Helen Sanderson, Steve Gordon and Elefethria Kotzia. In 2012 Jonathan studied at the Conservatory of Music of Central Finland in Jyvaskyla with the guitarist and composer Kai Nieminen and is currently studying for a Masters in performance on a scholarship at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
As well as performing throughout Europe, Jonathan has performed at Kings Place, Leeds College of Music, Dora Stoutzker Hall, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Ushaw College Chapel, Southwark Cathedral, St Martin’s in The Bullring, The National Museum of Wales and for London Guitar Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival, Exeter Guitar Festival, Leeds Lieder Festival 2013, Sowerby Music and Middlesbrough, Cardiff and Swansea Classical Guitar Societies.
Jonathan is also an active and experienced chamber musician having given recitals with singers Jessica Robinson, Tom Smith and Grace Wain. Jonathan is a member of the What Guitar Trio specialising in contemporary music written for guitar trio. In both 2013 and 2015 Jonathan won first prize in the John Mills Guitar Prize.
Jonathan has been supported for his future studies by The Leverhulme Trust, The Joan Greenfield Trust, The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Peter Chase Award and by The Help Musicians’ Postgraduate Award.
Jonathan has been teaching privately for the past 7 years and he is comfortable teaching all styles, ages and abilities