Jonathan Phillips began learning drums and piano aged 8 and took up timpani and percussion lessons aged 11. He studied at Junior Royal Northern College of Music with Andrea Vogler from 2013 to 2017, and now studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Neil Percy and Simon Carrington. Jonathan devotes the majority of his time to ensemble playing and has held principal positions with the Liverpool Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales, with whom he won the Ken Lloyd percussion prize. Jonathan was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain from 2016-18. Jonathan gained scholarships from all four of the conservatoires he auditioned for in winter 2016, choosing to study with Neil Percy at the Royal Academy of Music starting in September 2017. Jonathan has been involved in numerous high profile projects at the Academy, working with Edward Gardner, Sir Mark Elder, John Wilson and many other notable conductors, and has performed in many prestigious venues, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. Jonathan has been involved in a wide variety of projects at the academy, from performing Bach Mass in B Minor with Masaaki Suzuki conducting, to performing Steve Reich's quartet for 2 Vibraphones and 2 Pianos. In summer 2018 Jonathan was awarded the James Blades prize for Timpani from RAM, and in summer 2019 he was awarded the Zildjian prize for orchestral percussion. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys watching football, and is a slow, but enthusiastic cyclist.