Jonathan Ayling - Cello

Jonathan Ayling leads a musically active life as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and teacher. For ten years he was a member of London Philharmonic Orchestra and is now Co-Principal Cello of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a guest principal he has played with some of this countries leading orchestras including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Welsh National Opera and London Sinfonietta. Further afield Jonathan has played guest principal cello with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra and Camerata Salzburg.

The winner of the John Barbirolli Memorial Prize and the Royal Orchestral Society Award for “outstanding promise”, Jonathan appears regularly as concerto soloist and recitalist performing standard and lesser known works including Britten’s Cello Symphony and Shostakovich’s second concerto. He has given many premieres, including the European premiere of Xenakis’ “Hunem Iduey” for Yehudi Menuhin’s 80th birthday concert.

As a chamber player, Jonathan has performed at the Aldeburgh Festival, Wigmore Hall, Kings Place and Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. He was a founding member of the LPO Soloists and regularly performed in their Chamber Contrasts series at Wigmore Hall.

In great demand as a teacher and coach, Jonathan gives classes at the Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music and Kings College, London as well as coaching youth orchestras around the country.