Jonathan began playing the violin at the age of 5 and made his concerto debut in the Royal Festival Hall, performing the Bach Concerti three years later.
Aged 18 Jonathan began working professionally with the London Philharmonic and by 21 had played with all the major London orchestras.
At 28 Jonathan became a Signed artist to E.M.I Classics as part of the group ‘The Planets’ which went on to sell 500,000 albums worldwide.
After two years of solo performances around the world the group disbanded and Jonathan moved to commercial session work, where he has worked for the last 20 years and has appeared on over 2000 recordings and had nearly 2 billion streams.
His journey through the various genres of music has involved the cast albums for many musicals, including Legally Blonde, and also contributions to the soundtracks of a plethora of blockbusters including The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In 2019 he again took up the mantle of the leader of the longest running and most famous show in the world, ‘Les Miserables’ at the Sondheim Theatre, London.
Jonathan is the guest leader and soloist for many orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic, BBCSO, London Concert Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Rambert. He continues to record and perform concertos with orchestras throughout the UK, most recently for Oliver Davis and Paul K Joyce, both of which were written especially for him.
He also specializes in solo sessions and tracking/stemming work for producers and composers including Hans Zimmer.
With Oliver Davis he recorded the jazz violin opening to an episode of the Simpsons for 20th Century Fox in 2013 which he counts as one of his proudest moments. That and leading the Orchestra of the Swan for an Archers garden party in Ambridge and tracking/stemming for the Thomas the Tank Engine movie. In 2019 he was concert master for “Sponge Bob Square Pants’ the musical for MTV/Nickelodeon adding another icon to his list.
From 2017-2020 he was the featured artist on ‘Sounds to Pictures’ volumes 1,2 and 3 which were recorded on over £100milliion worth of violins. The compositions of singer/songwriter Tim Arnold became show cases for the instruments of most famous violin makers in history. They included Stradivari, Guarneri Del Gesu, Amati, Bergonzi and Guadagnini.
In 2018 ‘Lost Lake’ by Oliver Davis was recorded by the Royal Philharmonic featuring Jonathan as Soloist. The single reached no.4 in the classical charts and the Album no.1.
Since 2018 Jonathan has released a multitude of Albums and E.P’s on Broken Thought Records including:
‘Epic’: a Jazz fusion EP featuring a collaboration with James Pearson the pianist and artistic director of Ronnie Scott’s, London.
‘Velocity! Live’: a recreation of the similarly titled debut solo studio album he recorded in 1997.
‘Karma’: an EP featuring the music of Arvo Pärt with the Musical Director and Producer Simon Lee on Piano.
2019 saw the release of Jonathan’s first Vinyl EP which features The Ex Molitor 1697 golden period Stradivarius captured for posterity by GearBox Records at Mark Ronson’s studios at Tile Yard, London.
Over the past 18 months co-written 20 tracks and two E.P’s with the film composer Duncan Forbes and continues to collaborate with the prolific and very talented Cameron Sanderson, co-writing music for Film and TV and contributing strings to his albums.
2019 began a recording collaboration with the commercial and TV composer Gareth J.Rubery that has resulted in the release of several multi tracked recordings of famous string pieces on all the digital music platforms.
In and amongst this hectic schedule, Jonathan pursues his main interest of traditional Karate and is currently training for his fifth level (Godan) black belt.
He is an assistant senior instructor with three clubs in the Shotokan Karate Association. In December 2016 Jonathan took over as Senior instructor at S.K.A Potters Bar.
He is a keen athlete, enjoys marathons and is currently in training to run the 6 majors. (London, Tokyo, Berlin, New York, Chicago and Boston).