Jonathan Parkin has rapidly established himself as one of the up-and-coming clarinettists of his generation, leading a busy and exciting schedule as a leading London freelance clarinettist.
Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2009, Jonathan has enjoyed an increasingly flourishing orchestral career. He is a regular guest principal clarinet for many of the UK's finest orchestras, having worked as principal with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, the Aurora Orchestra, the orchestra of English National Ballet, the orchestra of English National Opera and the London Concert Orchestra. In addition to these orchestras, Jonathan works regularly in the clarinet section of the Philharmonia Orchestra and for the west end show Les Miserables, and has also appeared with the London Sinfonietta, John Wilson Orchestra, and the orchestra of Opera North.
Jonathan studied first with George Macdonald and then with Richard Hosford and Robert Hill whilst at the RCM in London. Whilst there, he won a place onto the LPO Future First scheme and, immediately after graduating in 2009, he held the position of Co-Principal clarinet with Southbank Sinfonia.
As a soloist, Jonathan has played at countless London venues and for various music clubs in the UK, often with his duo partner, pianist Sebastian Stanley. In 2012, the duo was contracted by EMEC Records to record its first solo album, which is now commercially available. Jonathan has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orpheus Sinfonia on three occasions. Whilst a student, he won the RCM Clarinet Prize, he performed in the concert final of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition, winning 2nd Prize, and was selected as a finalist in the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. Soon after graduating from the RCM, he was a wind finalist in the Royal Overseas League Music Competition.
A passionate chamber musician, Jonathan is an artistic director for Clapham Chamber Concerts, performing regularly in the series. In addition to his duo work with pianist Sebastian Stanley (a collaboration of more than ten years), highlights of his chamber music activity include a Wigmore Hall performance of Mozart's Wind Serenade in E flat, and collaborations with the award-winning Cavaleri String Quartet, Piatti Quartet and Pavao Quartet.
Jonathan has performed in concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM and in such venues as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. Martin in the Fields and the Sage Gateshead, as well as countless prestigious venues overseas.
Jonathan is passionate about preserving the English clarinet-playing tradition and has played on large bore Peter Eaton Elite clarinets since 2016.
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