Jonathan Clarke


Former Principal Trumpeter of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and trumpet Professor for the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Jonathan now enjoys a diverse freelance career.  He is a highly experienced Orchestral, Chamber, Solo and Session musician, and is regularly associated  with some of Europe's finest Orchestras. These include the Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Rambert Dance Company, Bournemouth Symphony, and Orquestra Sinfonica Navarra.

From humble beginnings in Bridgend South Wales, Jonathan first picked up the trumpet at the age of 8 after listening to the local Big Band, the Bridgend College Orchestra.  He began studies with the band leader William Davies, which began a life long passion for music.

Jonathan became extensively involved in all the youth music of Mid Glamorgan and Wales until he was 18 and this led to enrolment into London's Trinity College of Music where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree, studying modern and Natural Trumpet with Robert Farley. He went on to receive a postgraduate diploma (performance) from the Royal Academy of Music In 2001, where he worked with Ian Balmain, James Watson and John Wallace.

After graduating in 2001, following an audition, Jonathan was invited to play Principal trumpet with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.  Whilst in the Netherlands he also played guest principal with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orkest Van Het Oosten.  Here he worked with many great conductors and composers, including Edo de Waart, Alexander Lazarev, Jaap van Zweden, Gennadi Rhozdestvensky, Hans Werner Henze, John Adams and the late Hans Vonk.

In September 2003 Jonathan was appointed Principal Trumpet of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, where he stayed until July 2010.  In this time, he performed all the core Orchestral repertoire, including international tours of Mahler 5, Mahler 1, Bruckner 7, and Beethoven 7.  He worked with major conductors including Charles Dutoit, Edo de Waart, David Atherton, and David Zinman and was frequently employed as a soloist with the HKPO.  This included Christmas performances of Telemann's Concerto in D, Handel's Let the Bright Seraphin and Shostakovitch's Piano Concerto number 1 with Martin Roscoe and David Atherton.  He also featured as a soloist with other Orchestras and festivals in the region. These included the International Trumpet Guild conference in Bangkok, where he performed with the University of Arizona Brass Ensemble, the Hong Kong Symphonic Youth Wind Band with whom he performed the Alfred Reed Concerto, and he also played the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with the Bangkok Sinfonietta.

Highlights of 2013 included a tour of China with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra as guest principal, with their new chief conductor Peter Oundjian. A European tour with Navarra Symphony as guest Principal, including Amsterdam, Prague, Munich and Vienna. Also with the Rambert Orchestra and Dance Company he recorded and performed two works by Mark Anthony Turnage, "For Crying out Loud", and "No Let Up".  

2013 also saw Jonathan receive the award Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) for past students who have distinguished themselve in the music profession.  He received this certificate at the RAM Dukes Hall in May 2013.

As well as his busy career Jonathan  launched and directed a series of concerts titled the "Haiyan Recital Series" to raise awareness and funds for the Haiyan Storm victims in the Philippines.  This also saw the launch of a professional brass ensemble the "Haiyan Soloists".  The first concert took place on January 12th 2014, in Orpington with huge success and has since raised over £8000 for the British Redcross Typhoon Haiyan appeal. There were two more in Putney in Cardiff and over £10000 was raised
This is a cause close to Jonathan's heart as his wife Rose Marie is from the Philippines.

2015 has been a busy and exciting year.  Professionally Jonathan has enjoyed performances with the Bergen Philharmonic and Stavanger Symphony Orchestras in Norway.  He has been appointed as the new Trumpet Professor at the Junior department of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. 
Last but not least, he is a proud new father with his newly born daughter, Annie Rose Clarke. 

 


 

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