Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips

Key Facts

  • Instrument: Timpani and Percussion


Jonathan Phillips is an accomplished and versatile young timpanist and percussionist. Jonathan joined the Royal Academy of Music in September 2017 with an entrance scholarship of £3,000. After graduating with first class honours in July 2021, Jonathan has continued his studies, starting a Masters degree at the Academy in September 2021, studying with Tony Bedewi and Sam Walton. Jonathan has been involved in numerous high profile projects at the Academy, including symphony orchestra performances with Sir Mark Elder, Edward Gardner and John Wilson, and has also performed challenging chamber works such as Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Steve Reich’s Quartet. Other performance opportunities have included musical theatre, opera, symphonic brass and percussion ensemble. In summer 2018 Jonathan was awarded the James Blades prize for Timpani from RAM, and in summer 2019 was awarded the Zildjian percussion prize.

As a young professional, Jonathan is developing a varied career, working with ensembles both on the concert platform and in a studio setting. He has played timpani with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall and at the Congress Theatre in Eastbourne, is a member of Street Orchestra Live, a vibrant public performance and outreach group based in London, and is regularly performing in freelance orchestral, chamber, and studio engagements across London. He also performs with cellist Jonah Spindel, as an improvisation-based cello and percussion duo.

Jonathan is generously supported by a £10,000 scholarship from the Royal Academy of Music, as well as awards from the Biddy Baxter and John Hosier Music Trust and the Countess of Munster Trust.


Page Updated: April 2022

Musicians’ Company Award: Biddy Baxter Special Prize 2021

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