Jonathan Rees

Jonathan began playing the violin when he was seven, and by the age of eight he had already been accepted as a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Margaret Norris, Felix Andrievski, Alberto Lysy and Yehudi Menuhin. He continued his musical training at the Juilliard School with Dorothy Delay, gaining scholarships from the Countess of Munster, Welsh Arts and the Rotary Foundation.

Between 1978 and 1983, Jonathan was a prize winner in the BBC Young Musician of the Year, and won first prize in the Royal Overseas League Competition and Eastern Arts Platform. He has appeared at the Bath, City of London, Brighton, Salisbury and Cheltenham Festivals, and performed concertos with orchestras such as the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, the Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and in recitals at the Wigmore Hall, St David's Hall, and the Queen’s Hall.

As a soloist/director Jonathan has made many recordings for Virgin Classics including the complete Brandenburg Concertos, and the solo concertos of Bach. He has recorded for Guild a selection of chamber works by the twentieth century English composer Rebecca Clarke, as well as works by Alan Rawsthorne on ASV with the Fibonacci Sequence. The Bach Brandenburg and Violin Concertos were selected as 'Best Recording on Modern Instruments' on Radio 3's Record Choice and in the BBC Music Magazine. Jonathan has recorded extensively for BBC Radio 3 as a soloist and chamber musician.