Who's who in the orchestra

Jonathan Davies

Joined the LPO in 2016

Principal Bassoon

Chair supported by Sir Simon Robey

One of Britain’s leading bassoonists, Jonathan Davies was appointed Principal Bassoon of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2016. He previously held the same position with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where he was appointed at the age of 22. Much sought after as guest principal with leading orchestras and ensembles, recent appearances include the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Solistes Européens Luxembourg and the John Wilson Orchestra.

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 a bassoon Professor and 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.