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Jonathan was awarded scholarships to study piano with Michael Young at Wells Cathedral School from 1980-89 and with Nellie Akopian and Alex Kelly at the Royal Academy of Music 1989-1992. During this time he was a semi-finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year (1983), winner of Thornbury Arts Competition (1985) and a finalist in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition (1985). In 1994 he was awarded the prestigious Carnwath Postgraduate Scholarship for private study. He also received lessons from Vlado Perlemuter - the last surviving pupil of Fauré and Ravel - at Dartington International Summer School in 1988.

Jonathan performed as a freelance soloist and chamber musician throughout the UK, appearing in venues such as the Wigmore Hall and South Bank Centre in London, also recording for radio stations such as BBC Radio 3, Classic FM. During this time he considerably diversified his career as a composer and improviser, working closely with the former ballet dancer Eve Pettinger MBE and completing a series of compositions including an oratorio 'Exodus' (commissioned by Harrow Choral Society), a ballet 'Seagulls and Seahorses' for Tring Park, and the incidental music to the BBC Radio 4 play - 'This Cold August Light' by Jerome Vincent. A number of works for brass and organ are published by Warwick Music.

In 2000, Jonathan was appointed principal pianist of Remix Ensemble Casa da Música, with whom he has participated, also as soloist, in major festivals and projects throughout Europe. With Remix Ensemble, he has worked with conductors Peter Rundel, Emilio Pomarico, Reinbert de Leeuw, Stephan Albury, Peter and Martin Andre.