Jonathan Radford is a doctoral student and RCM Studentship holder, researching the influential American saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft. Jonathan completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in saxophone and chamber music at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSM) in the class of Claude Delangle. In 2018, he was awarded the Mills Williams Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, studying with Kyle Horch.
Jonathan is an international prize-winner, with notable awards including Gold Medal in the Royal Over-Seas League Competition (UK, 2018), SaxOpen International Competition (France, 2015) and Concordo Internazionale de Musica Marco (Italy, 2013). He was featured as a BBC Music Magazine ‘Rising Star’, and was selected as a Young Artist with Park Lane Group, Tunnell Trust, Musicians’ Company, Making Music, and Countess of Munster Musical Trust.
He regularly performs at major music festivals and venues in the UK, Europe and Asia. Highlights include recitals at Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Seoul Arts Center (South Korea), Grieg Hall (Bergen), and Philharmonie de Paris. Jonathan’s debut CD with British pianist Ashley Fripp is scheduled for release in 2022 by Champs Hill Records.
A keen advocate of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Cheryl Frances-Hoad (Algernon, co-commissioned by ROSL), Luis Naón (Tangos Utopicos, co-commissioned by Radio France), Betsy Jolas (Un post-it pour Henri, commissioned by the CNSM) and collaborated with IRCAM in Paris.
Jonathan has given masterclasses and classes at the Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, Chetham’s School of Music, Melbourne Conservatorium and Nice Conservatoire. Jonathan is a Vandoren Paris Artist.
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