Hailed by reviewers as "a colossal musical mind" with a "transcendent technique", Jonathan Plowright is recognised globally as a truly exceptional pianist.
Gold Medallist at the Royal Academy of Music and a Fulbright Scholar, prizewinner in many competitions, Jonathan also won the Gold Medal at the Royal Overseas League Competition as well as first prize at the European Piano Competition. Critics, colleagues and audiences alike have since had unanimous praise for his many national and international performances and he has been in demand all over the world as recitalist, appeared with leading orchestras and ensembles and given numerous radio broadcasts. He has a hugely successful string of recordings on the Hyperion
and BIS labels all of which have been enthusiastically received with outstanding reviews in the worldwide media.
With eleven critically acclaimed CDs, Jonathan is now well established on Hyperion Records distinguished
roster of pianists. Most recently his 3rd
CD for their Romantic Piano Concerto Series, featured Concertos by
Zelenski and Zarzyki and went straight to Number 3 in the Classical
Charts, and his 4th for the same series is due out later in 2015.
His 2010 commemorative 'Hommage a
Chopin' recording also reached the Top Twenty Classical Chart and
attracted many accolades, including the prestigious Preis
der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Gramophone
Editor’s Choice, Diapason D'Or and CD of the Week
on both ClassicFM and ABC ClassicFM. Likewise, his follow-up 'Homage to Paderewski' disc was
Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week.
His recording of the Constant Lambert Piano Concerto (which he world premiered in 1988) with David Lloyd Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia
was Gramophone Editor’s Choice and CD of
the Week in both The Sunday Times and
chamber music disc for the label was released in December 2012
featuring the Szymanowski Quartet in works by Polish Romantic
composers, Zarebski and Zelenski, and was BBC Music Magazine
Jonathan is also recording the complete
Brahms solo piano works for the Swedish label, BIS Records, the
first and second volumes of which were released to tremendous critical
acclaim, receiving many 5 Star Reviews
in numerous publications, an 'Outstanding' Award from International Record Review,
Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine
and ABC Limelight Magazine Editor’s
Choice. His interpretations are being compared to the likes of Lupu, Katchen, Arrau and Pires, and have been described as "a
is due out in November 2015.
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Jonathan has enjoyed performing in some of the finest concert halls around the world, from Sydney Opera House to the Royal Albert Hall, in the luxurious surroundings of stately homes, castles and cruise ships, as well as in some rather more unusual venues - including the barrel room of a winery in California and a wild elephant game reserve in South Africa!
Also highly respected as a chamber musician, Jonathan regularly collaborates with other musicians,
appearing at chamber festivals around the world. Amongst those he has performed with are fellow pianists Piers Lane, Artur Pizarro, Frederick Chiu, Leslie Howard and Kathy Stott, instrumentalists such as Raphael Wallfisch, Leonid Gorokov, the Coull Quartet, the Szymanowski Quartet, the Scottish Ensemble amongst
He has appeared as concerto soloist with major orchestras, including the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony, the Hallé, the Royal Philharmonic, BBC Concert, English Chamber, the Odessa Philharmonic, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Polish Radio and Polish National, although most memorable was a performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with the combined forces of the United States Air Force and Red Army Bands! He has worked with notable conductors such as Martyn Brabbins, Paul Daniel, Sir Neville Marriner, Gérard Korsten, Christoph Koenig, Barry Wordsworth, Lukasz Borowicz and Michal Dworzynski.
The Polish Romantics
During the past decade Jonathan has become well known as an advocate of the neglected Polish Romantic repertoire and his first recording of a rare collection of pieces by Paderewski earned Jonathan an invitation by the Paderewski in Memoriam Foundation to give the closing recital of the Polish Parliament’s 2001 ‘Year of Paderewski’ celebrations in Warsaw.
Jonathan's recordings featuring the music of the largely forgotten Polish/US emigré Sigismund Stojowski led to a revival of interest in his music after several generations of neglect and attracted considerable attention in the international music press. The discs were both named
'Record of the Month' in the Polish national music monthly Muzyka 21 and Jonathan has since been invited to perform with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra,
the Polish National Symphony Orchestra and other leading Polish
In 2006 he gave a sell-out Weill Hall recital promoted by the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York. Whilst in the USA he was also invited to perform at a special event at the Polish Music Centre at the University of Southern California, in the presence of Stojowski's surviving family, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of his death and in celebration of their donation of the Stojowski manuscripts and personal papers to the University.
His hugely successful Hyperion recording of the notoriously difficult Paderewski Sonata in 2007 was admired by many, including the BBC "The playing is world-class; understated virtuosity at its best."
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Paderewski in November 2010, Jonathan was invited back by the Polish Music Centre in Los Angeles for a series of recitals in the USA, including the Paderewski Festival, which Jonathan was instrumental in re-launching as an annual event in Paso Robles, a spa town with an historic association with the famous composer, pianist and statesman.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin in 2010, as well as recitals throughout Poland, Jonathan was also invited to appear with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra during their special Year of Chopin celebrations.
Jonathan is Head of Keyboard at the University of Chichester and on the Keyboard Faculty of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He is also often invited to give masterclasses, consultation lessons and prize adjudications at competitions and international conservatoires.
In 2014 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.