Grade 1 bagpiper Jonathan has played since the age of 10, his raw talent gaining him numerous awards as a solo piper. He developed an interest in bagpipes from an early age through hearing his Grandfather play on a regular basis. Jonathan is a piping tutor and has many students in Glasgow, as well as foreign students in Holland, France, Germany and the US which he teaches via Skype. He is a former tutor at the world-renowned National Piping Centre and held the post of Evening Class Coordinator there. He graduated in 2012 with a First Class Honours degree in Scottish Music – Piping at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
He is a successful solo competitive piper and has played in many pipe bands, most recently the prestigious Scottish Power Pipe Band, and has also travelled the world representing Scotland with the National Youth Pipe Band. Aside from the traditional side of piping he participates in many contemporary projects, the main one being the world-famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers, who he travelled to America with recently for a tour.
Jonathan has gained much life experience, for example; being invited to perform at New York’s Tartan Week celebrations in 2005 & 2011, has appeared on various tv shows including River City, Blue Peter, Flog It, Channel 4s ‘T4’ and has performed with Susan Boyle on the Paul O’Grady Show. Jonathan has also recorded pipes on many different audio projects including a new version of ‘Caledonia’ which has just been released. He has been invited to various countries in Europe to perform & teach at schools, has become a regular at the prestigious ‘McCrimmon Trophy’ piping competition in Lorient.
What made you learn?
“Jonathan started playing at a young age to surprise his grandfather on his 70th birthday. His grandfather was a piper so was astonished by his grandsons achievement. To begin with it was a bit of a gimmick but Jonathan decided to carry it on and here we are today”
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