Jonathan is a composer, pianist and musicologist. He gained a first-class degree from the University of Manchester, studying composition with John Casken and Kevin Malone, and Musicology with Deniz Ertan. His Composition MMus was funded by the AHRC. In 2011 Jon came to the University of York to study with composer and Charles Ives expert William Brooks. During this time, Jon formed a number of collaborations; he performed in Dublin and New York with vocal duo Tryst, and composed an album of music for Threads Orchestra. In the final year of his PhD he formed Stoop Quintet, which has since performed at venues including the Vortex (London) and NCEM (York). Jon is also pianist with Of/[for], with whom he has performed in the Axiothea Festival, Cyprus.
2012 was a busy year for Jon as a composer. He was selected to take part in the European Composer's Professional Development scheme run by Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, which included two trips to Amsterdam to workshop music with the Nieuw Ensemble and performances of Song to the Bare City at HCMF and at the Amsterdam Conservatoire. Jon was also shortlisted for the Britten Sinfonia Opus 2013 competition. Jon is University Music Director at York St. John University, and works with a number of choirs in the Yorkshire area. He was a conducting scholar with Huddersfield Choral Society and he is currently assistant director of The 24 at The University of York, a chamber choir led by Robert Hollingworth.