Jonathan Parkin has rapidly established himself as one of the up-and-coming clarinettists of his generation. Equally at home as the soloist, chamber music player and orchestral musician, he leads a busy and exciting schedule as a London freelance clarinettist. Jonathan is currently on trial for the principal clarinet position at the City of London Sinfonia and has recently appeared as guest principal clarinet with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the English National opera, with whom he is on trial for the co-principal clarinet vacancy. In 2012, he was contracted by EMEC Records to record his first solo album, to be commercially available during 2014.
Jonathan studied at the Royal College of Music, from which he graduated with a Masters 'Distinction' in July 2009, previously gaining a first class Honours degree. Whilst still a student, Jonathan won a place onto the LPO's 'Future First' scheme and, immediately after graduating, he held the position of Co-Principal clarinet with Southbank Sinfonia. Since 2010, he has had the privilege of working regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra, playing clarinet, bass clarinet and E flat clarinet. He has also worked with the London Sinfonietta, John Wilson Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, orchestra of Opera North, orchestra of Les Miserables and as principal clarinet with the English Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, New European Ensemble, Sinfonia Cymru, The Senesino Players, and the LMA Orchestra, to name but a few. In additional to his current trial with the ENO and CLS, Jonathan has won trials with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and with Opera North, all from audition.As a soloist, Jonathan has played at countless London venues and for various music clubs in the UK. He has performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Orpheus Sinfonia on three occasions. In February 2011, he was a wind finalist in the prestigious Royal Overseas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Whilst a student, he reached the concert final of the Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (TWIYCA) and received 2nd Prize; he won the Royal College of Music Clarinet Prize, and was selected as a finalist of the 18th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition. A passionate chamber musician, Jonathan has been a member of various groups, highlights including a Wigmore Hall performance of Mozart's Wind Serenade in E flat, and collaborations with the award-winning Cavaleri String Quartet, Piatti Quartet and Pavao Quartet.
Jonathan has performed in concerts broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM, and in such venues as the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields and the Sage Gateshead, as well as countless prestigious venues overseas.
Professional Orchestral Work:
Royal College of Music (BMus Hons 1st class 2003-2007, MMus Distinction 2007-2009)
Prizes and Awards
TeachersRobert Hill, Richard Hosford, Barnaby Robson, George MacDonald
Jonathan joined Morgensterns in February 2011
Jonathan's web profile was last updated 8th Feb 2019
Jonathan Parkin is rapidly establishing himself as one of the up-and-coming clarinettists of his generation. Born in 1984 in County Durham, Jonathan studied at the Royal College of Music (RCM), where he graduated with a Masters 'Distinction' in July 2009 and before that with a first class Honours degree.
As a recital and concerto soloist, Jonathan has played at countless venues in London and around the UK.
In February 2011, Jonathan was a wind finalist in the Royal Overseas League (ROSL) Annual Music Competition. Other competition successes include: performing in the concert final of the prestigious Tunbridge Wells International Young Concert Artists Competition (TWIYCA) 2008 in which he received 2nd Prize (wind); winning the 2009 RCM Clarinet Prize and reaching the final of the 18th Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition.
A passionate chamber musician, Jonathan has been a member of various groups with whom he has performed for music societies and in both UK and European music festivals, covering repertoire for clarinet and string quartet, mixed ensemble and wind trio. Highlights have included concerts given with the Cavaleri Quartet (formerly Harpham Quartet), the Pavão Quartet and the Piatti Quartet.
As an orchestral clarinettist, Jonathan won his first orchestral trial with Northern Sinfonia, as well as a place onto the competitive London Philharmonic Orchestra's 'Foyle Future Firsts' scheme, whilst he was still a student. Since graduating, he has held the position of Co-Principal Clarinet with Southbank Sinfonia (2010) and is currently working regularly with the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has very recently been offered a trial for the position of Co-Principal Clarinet of the orchestra of English National Opera.