Originally hailing from New Zealand, Jonathan has been involved in musical pursuits of one form or other since the age of four. While attending the University of Auckland where he completed studies for a BMus(Hons), Jonathan was a regular performer with the Auckland Philharmonia , as well as a number of other groups and ensembles throughout the region. The recipient of a number of scholarships to aid in study abroad, Jonathan moved to the United States in 1998 to commence studies with Tom Freer at Cleveland State University.
During his studies towards a MMus, Jonathan performed regularly with many orchestras in the area. Jonathan has been the Principal Timpanist of the Washington National Opera Orchestra/ Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra since 2000. In this capacity he has performed with the likes of Placido Domingo, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Kiri te Kanawa, under the batons of conductors like Valery Gergiev, Andre Previn and Sir Edward Downes, as well as with many of the premier international ballet companies. As a soloist, Jonathan has performed the Philip Glass Double Timpani Concerto.