Originally from Billingham, Teesside, Jonathan Ross Parkin earned a 1st Class Honors Degree in classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama under the tutorship of John Mills, Helen Sanderson, Steve Gordon and Eleftheria Kotzia. In 2012 Jonathan studied at the Conservatory of Music of Central Finland and in 2017 earned Masters with Distinction in performance Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
As well as performing throughout Europe, Jonathan has performed at The Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Barbican, L’Auditori de Barcelona, Museo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), St James Piccadilly, Dora Stoutzker Hall, and for BBC Radio 3, IGF London Guitar Festival, Greenwich Early Music Festival and Greenwich International Guitar Festival.
Jonathan has always been interested and active in helping to promote contemporary music on the classical guitar by commissioning and premiering works by Dr. Robert Spearing, Graham Lynch, Michael Anthony Hughes, Alexander Corlett, Piawatt Louilarpprasert and Ben Lunn. Jonathan is also a member of What Guitar Trio, a guitar trio that specializes in the performance of contemporary music which was on the IGF Young Artist Platform 2017/2018.
During his studies, he participated in master classes with David Miller, Danijel Cerović, Carlo Marchione, Sven Lundestad, Ian Watt, Sabrina Vlaskalic, Morgan Szymanski, Carlos Bonell, Heiki Matlik and Xuefei Yang.
Jonathan won first prize at the John Mills Guitar Prize contest in both 2013 and 2015, and in 2016, Jonathan won first place in the Trinity Laban Historical Informed Performance Competition and the West Sussex Guitar Festival’s Bach Prize, and was a recipient of the Montagu Cleeve Guitar Prize.
In 2018, Jonathan won 2nd prize and the people’s choice award at the Certamen Internacional de Guitarra de Barcelona Miquel Llobet and 1st prize in the inaugural Concurso Internacional Guitarras Raimundo.