Deeply sensitive and musical playing, you had me from the first note! A strong sense of rhythm throughout and each section was characterised perfectly. 

Thomas Gould

Leader of Britten Sinfonia

December 2016

'Musically & technically highly polished and engaging, this was an excellent recital throughout....highly professional under all aspects. Bravo!'


Charles Ramirez

January 2016

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, 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 in 2017 gained Masters with Distinction in performance Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.


 As well as performing throughout Europe, Jonathan has performed at The Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Barbican, Mueso de Bellas Artes (Madrid), St James´Piccadilly, Dora Stoutzker Hall, and for BBC Radio 3, IGF London Guitar Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival and Greenwich International Guitar Festival.


 Jonathan has been active in helping to promote contemporary music on the guitar both as a solo and ensemble instrument by commissioning and premiering works by Dr Robert Spearing,  Graham Lynch, Michael Anthony Hughes, Alexander Corlett, Piawatt Louilarpprasert and Ben Lunn. Jonathan is also a member of What Guitar Trio, a guitar trio which specializes in the performance of contemporary music which was on the IGF Young Artist Platform 2017/2018. 


Jonathan won first prize in the John Mills Guitar Prize in both 2013 & 2015 and in 2016 Jonathan won first place in the Trinity Laban Historical Informed Performance Competition, The West Sussex Guitar Festival’s Bach Prize and was a recipient of the Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize.  In 2018 Jonathan won 1st Prize in the inaugural ´Concurso internacional de la guitarra Raimundo´.


 Jonathan is grateful to the support given 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. 

© 2015 Jonathan Parkin

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