Jonathan Pitkin was brought up in Edinburgh, and now lives in south London. He studied at the University of Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music, and on exchange at the Paris Conservatoire. In 2009 he completed a doctorate at the Royal College of Music, where he now teaches academic and composition-related courses at Junior Department, undergraduate and postgraduate level. His principal teachers have been Christopher Brown and Guy Reibel.
Jonathan’s music has been performed and commissioned internationally as well as at major venues across the UK, including the Huddersfield and Spitalfields Festivals. Performers have included the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Singers, and members of the Philharmonia. A number of his works have been broadcast by BBC Radio 3, including the orchestral pieces Mesh and Borrowed Time; Con Spirito, for piano and Yamaha disklavier, which was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in 2008, and included in the official British selection for the ISCM World Music Days in 2014; and choral music which has been published by Oxford University Press as part of the New Horizons series. Jonathan’s published writings include contributions to the Sage Encyclopedia of Music in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2014) and the Routledge Companion to Aural Skills Pedagogy (2021).