Performing

Jonathan has played Principal Horn for over 35 years. He has extensive experience internationally in symphonic music, chamber music, and as a soloist.

Principal Horn – Gulbenkian Orchestra

At the age of 24 Jonathan accepted the position of principal horn in the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon, Portugal.

Jonathan Luxton and Gulbenkian players

As a soloist with the orchestra, he performed the Mozart Horn Concertos No. 2, 3 and 4, Strauss Horn Concertos No. 1 and 2, Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn & strings, Schumann Konzertstück for 4 horns, among others. Jonathan had the honour of performing the Penderecki Horn Concerto, under the direction of the composer himself.

He also enjoyed playing with leading soloists such as Daniel Barenboim, Nigel Kennedy, Arabella Steinbacher, Radu Lupu, Truls Mork and the Swingle Singers.

The orchestra toured frequently, and Jonathan travelled with them to Japan, India, China, Thailand, USA, Brazil, Argentina, Armenia and across Europe. He also had the opportunity to play with other orchestras and music ensembles in many of those countries, such as Montepulciano and Spoleto Festivals – Italy, Oficina de Música de Curitiba – Brazil, Recital Soloist – Morocco, Spain and France, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Portugal.

Under the direction of conductors such as Gustavo Dudamel, Esa Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lawrence Foster, Simone Young, Thomas Helgenbrock, John Nelson and Richard Hickox, Jonathan established himself with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, and played and recorded with them for 31 years. During this time he was also a member of the Amadeus Wind Quintet, Hot Brass of Portugal, and Tejo Horns.

Jonathan Luxton in Hot Brass, Portugal

Now based in Ireland, Jonathan freelances with orchestras such as the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Camerata Ireland Chamber Orchestra, and Worthing Symphony Orchestra in the UK.


To enquire about Jonathan’s availability in Ireland or abroad, contact him here.