Jonathan Small

Tutor in Oboe



A Tutor in Oboe at the RNCM, Jonathan has been Principal Oboe with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra since 1984. He won a scholarship to study with Michael Winfield at the Royal College of Music, winning the Joy Boughton Oboe Prize in 1978. He was also Principal Oboe with Scottish Opera from 1980-84, during which time he was a founding member of Paragon Ensemble. He has played as guest principal with most of the country’s major orchestras, and appears as a concerto soloist in the UK and abroad. He has recorded the Vaughan Williams Concerto on EMI, the Richard Strauss Concerto on Avie and the William Alwyn Concerto with the RLPO on Naxos was released in December 2006.

Jonathan has taught the oboe at the RNCM since 1990 and is also Guest Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. His teaching emphasises development of the students’ tone production, solo performance skills, stylistic awareness and working toward perfection of all aspects of technique. He emphasises reed-making skills and proper study of the orchestral repertoire.