Jonathan is an artist engaged in inspiring and educating audiences as diverse as his musical interests. A specialist in period instruments of the lute and guitar family, and with a background in classical and electric guitar, his performances offer "exciting and technically brilliant" (Marvin Dickau) displays of the wealth of the musical language.
Versatile as a soloist, chamber musician and continuo player, Jonathan frequently distinguishes himself across Canada, the United States, and Europe. He is active in the rich early music scene in Eastern Canada, and can be seen performing music on period instruments, solo and with ensembles such as Les Méandres (Montréal), Theatre of Early Music, Aureas Voces (Halifax), and Cor Unum Ensemble (Toronto), and in festivals and series including Music and Beyond, Festival Montréal Baroque, Musique Royale, and Hammer Baroque. He recently completed a solo tour of British Columbia for Living Room Live.
He is a founding member of the Cygnus trio (flute, violin, guitar), which places an emphasis on performing not only in traditional venues, but in reaching out to the community through events such as visits to women's shelters, house concerts, and children's programs. The trio recently toured their program 'Lost Islands' through Ontario, featuring new music and poetry by Canadian artists, in collaboration with actors Paul Hopkins, and Blair Williams, and composer Arie van de Ven. The trio's debut album 'Amalgam' was released in December 2018, and features new works and arrangements written specifically for them.
He has extensive experience in contemporary classical music, having premiered and performed large-scale works on classical, and electric guitar in series such as Live@CIRMMT and Montréal/Nouvel Musique. He is currently working on a program of new music for the theorbo, combining his passion for both early and contemporary music.
Jonathan has premiered music by many composers including; Juro Kim Feliz, Brice Gatinet, Charles Zoll, Patrick Walker, Arie Verheul van de Ven and Karalyn Schubring.
His classical guitar studies began in Penticton, British Columbia with Selwyn Redivo and he received a bachelor of music with a double major in guitar and lute performance at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, and was recognized for outstanding achievement in Lute. He studied with Jérôme Ducharme and Sylvain Bergeron. In 2020 Jonathan received a Master's in the Performance of Early Music at the Escola Superior de Musica Catalunya in Barcelona, studying in the studio of Xavier Diaz-Latorre.