Jonathan began his musical education learning piano with his father, before taking up the viola at the age of 9. He studied jointly at the University of Manchester and at the Royal Northern College of Music before beginning a successful and varied freelance career in the North West of England.

​In 2003 Jonathan joined the viola section of the Ulster Orchestra. As well as his role as an orchestral viola player, he is an active chamber musician with a variety of ensembles, as well as an instrumental, orchestral and composition tutor in a number of Belfast schools