Who's who in the orchestra

Jonathan Davies

Joined the LPO in 2016

Principal Bassoon

Jonathan Davies was appointed Principal Bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. He previously held the same position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, alongside regular appearances as guest principal with the UK’s leading orchestras and ensembles.

Since making his London concerto debut at the Barbican aged 13, further solo highlights have included Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante alongside Maxim Vengerov, Elliott Carter's Retracing for solo bassoon in the Purcell Room, and a world premiere by David Fennessy with the London Sinfonietta. In 2017 he recorded Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto and Sinfonia Concertante with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski.

Jonathan studied at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of John Orford, Amy Harman and David Chatterton, supported generously by the ABRSM and Sir Elton John scholarships and graduating with the HRH Princess Alice The Duchess of Gloucester's Prize. Born in 1992, Jonathan began his studies in South Wales with Robert Codd. He is currently Visiting Professor of Bassoon and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.

Jonathan featured in the 'Backstage' interview in our Spring 2017 edition of the Orchestra's magazine, Tune In. Read the interview here.