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Jonathan Powell is a pianist and composer. He studied the piano with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky. After concentrating on composition during the 1990s, he then established an international career as a soloist. He has a particular interest in contemporary music and composers of the early 20th century: in particular the music of Scriabin and other Russian modernists, as well as Ives, Szymanowski, Busoni, and others. Over the last decade, concerts have taken him on a tour across the US, to the Musica Sacra Festival in Maastricht, the contemporary series hosted by the Fundación BBVA in Bilbao, the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki, the Festival Radio France Montpellier, Borealis Festival in Bergen, the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, recital broadcasts for Radio Netherlands and Radio Deutschland Kultur, the Raritäten der Klaviermusik am Schloss vor Husum, Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Utrecht, De Toonzaal in ’S Hertogenbosch, and in the Jewish Museum and Altes Rathaus, Vienna. His recent concerto appearances include Brahms’ 2nd (with the Slovak Philarmonic), Liszt’s Malédiction (with the Kiev Soloists), Finnissy’s 2nd Concerto (at the Moscow Conservatoire) and Sřrensen’s 2nd (with the Prague Philarmonia under Marian Lejava). During 2013 he made international tours featuring Messiaen’s Vingt regards sur l’enfant Jésus and Albeniz’ Iberia respectively, while in late 2014 he made an eight-concert tour of the US taking in Seattle, Denver, NY and Chicago. During 2015 he gave numerous performances of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata and Reger’s Bach Variations. Current activities include performances of Stockhausen’s Klavierstücke and Sorabji’s Opus clavicembalisticum. During 2018 he will perform Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues op.87.
His CD releases encompass the works of Alexander Krein, Felix Blumenfeld, Alexander Goldenweiser, Konstantin Eiges, Georgiy Conus, Leonid Sabaneyev, Egon Kornauth, Janis Mediņš, Kaikhosru Sorabji, Joseph Marx, Isay Dobrowen, Alexander Scriabin, Jean Sibelius and others.
Masterclasses and lecture-recitals have taken Powell to the Janáček Academy (Brno), Oxford University, the Guildhall School and Music and Drama (London), Cornish College of Arts (Seattle), and Det Jyske Musikkonservatorium (Esbjerg and Odense, Denmark), among others.
Jonathan is a regular performer at the Indian Summer in Levoča Festival. He lives in southern Poland.