Who's who in the orchestra

Jonathan Davies

Joined the LPO in 2016

Principal Bassoon

Born in 1992, Jonathan Davies began his studies in South Wales with Robert Codd. He joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016 as Principal Bassoon, having previously held the same position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Aged 13, he made his London concerto debut at the Barbican Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. Further solo engagements have included Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante alongside Maxim Vengerov; Elliot Carter's Retracing for solo bassoon in the Purcell Room; and a world premiere by David Fennessey with the London Sinfonietta.

Jonathan studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of John Orford, Amy Harman and David Chatterton, generously supported by ABRSM and Sir Elton John Scholarships. After winning the Florence Woodbridge Bassoon Prize in his first year, he went on to receive numerous awards before graduating with the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester's Prize for Exemplary Studentship. Jonathan has taught classes at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.

Jonathan featured in the 'Backstage' interview in our Spring 2017 edition of the Orchestra's magazine, Tune In. Read the interview here.