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The pianist and composer Jonathan Powell studied with Denis Matthews and Sulamita Aronovsky. He has 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 and 2008 he gave solo recitals on Radio France Musique), in addition to numerous appearances on the BBC.
Past 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 Kiev, 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. He took part in the 2009 Husum Festival (Germany) in August.
Powell appears regularly at the Indian Summer in Levoča Festival, where in 2012 he played the complete 'Iberia' of Albéniz and also gave a piano duet recital with his wife Ingrid. In 2013 his engagements have included a tour of UK universities playing the Concerto from Alkan's op. 39 together with British music inspired by Alkan.
Powell has worked with many leading composers such as Ambrosini, Ferneyhough, Finnissy and Staud. As well as giving UK premičres of pieces by Sciarrino, Feldman and Salonen, he has commissioned many new works. Powell is also active as a recording artist, with more than ten CDs to his name. He has been involved in projects with companies such as ASV, Altarus, Largo, Danacord and Toccata Classics. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with ’cellist Rohan de Saran, violinist Marcus Barcham Stevens, singers Sarah Leonard and Lore Lixenberg and pianist Jřrgen Hald Nielsen.
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.