Jonathan Powell is a pianist and composer. After studies with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky, he established an international career as a soloist, his programmes ranging from standard Classical and Romantic repertoire to contemporary and little-known 20th century works. He has performed widely in Europe, as well as in Russia and the US; he has also appeared on national radio of many countries - in 2005 he gave two solo recitals on Radio France Musiques - in addition to numerous appearances on the BBC.
Powell is a self-taught composer: he has recorded several of his own works for BBC broadcasts and has received performances by the London Sinfonietta, the Arditti Quartet, Valdine Anderson, Sarah Leonard, Darragh Morgan and Nicolas Hodges among others. His articles on many aspects of Russian music appear in the New Grove Dictionary of Music; his articles have been published by International Piano and the Finnish musicological journal Musiikki-lehti.
Recent highlights include solo recitals in New York, the Musica Nova Festival in Helsinki, the Festival Radio France et Montpellier, Festival de Chaillol (Hautes-Alpes France, performing the complete Goyescas), the Raritäten der Klaviermusik am Schloss vor Husum, the International Reggello Festival (Italy), Vredenburg Muziekcentrum in Utrecht, and concerts in the Russian Academy of Music (Moscow) and the Sheremetevsky Palace (St Petersburg). In the UK, his concerts have taken him to venues ranging from the Royal Festival Hall to university departments and local town halls.
2008 saw him perform in Moscow at the palace of music publisher Jurgenson, courtesy of the Composers' Union, in the Altes Rathaus, Vienna at the invitation of the Joseph Marx Society, and in masterclasses and concert tours of Denmark, as well as concerts in the Netherlands and the UK.
Powell has worked with many leading composers such as Ambrosini, Finnissy and Staud. As well as giving UK premières of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. Powell is also active as a recording artist, with around ten CDs to his name.