A great part of Jonathan’s passion has always been to inspire and mentor other musicians at all levels.
Upon leaving the Royal Academy of Music, Jonathan took teaching posts at the Kent Music School, Brighton College and Cheam School, teaching brass. Two years later he was already on his way to Portugal where he would remain for the next 35 years.
British method of French horn playing
Jonathan introduced the British method of French horn playing to Portugal where he became the first French horn professor at the Lisbon University of Music (ESML), Évora University and Évora Academy. He developed the degree programs for French horn Bachelor and Masters levels. Jonathan sat in on examinations for brass at the universities, and was an invited examiner to the Porto Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espetáculo for their Masters of French horn dissertations.
French horn masterclasses
Jonathan enjoyed teaching masterclasses around Portugal and was invited to teach in Brazil and China. In recent years, many of his former students have invited him to tutor on a variety of subjects such as sound production, intonation, rhythm, musical analysis and interpretation, how to play in an orchestral section, and how to prepare for auditions.
Jonathan has left a legacy of horn players and teachers in Portugal. Many of his students are now playing in leading orchestras across Europe, such as Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto, Opéra de Marseille, Darmstadt, Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, among others.
Jonathan has been named alongside Bohdan Sebestik as one of the most influential French horn players and teachers in Portugal.
Classes in-person and online
Now based in Ireland, Jonathan continues to teach French horn, is involved in musical projects in the greater Limerick area, is the musical director and brass teacher for St. John’s Brass and Reed Band in Limerick, and is the brass teacher at the Munster Music Academy in Killaloe.
For information on private lessons or collaboration on musical projects please contact Jonathan here.
- French horn:
- All levels from beginners to Masters
- Masterclasses in French horn and Brass ensembles:
- sound production
- musical analysis and interpretation
- how to play in an orchestral section
- how to prepare for auditions
- Trumpet – beginners until Grade 5
- Trombone – beginners until Grade 5