about

Jonathan Brigg (born November 22nd 1984) is a composer, pianist and music teacher. Jon hails from Bradford, where as a boy he played trombone in the Wibsey Brass and Reed Band and honed his pianistic abilities as accompanist for local choral societies and dance schools. Between 2003-8 he studied composition and musicology at the University of Manchester, gaining a first class degree in music and completing a MusM with distinction. He undertook doctoral research at the University of York in 2011, exploring intersections between contemporary jazz and classical music styles, and became an HRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2015. His teachers include Camden Reeves, Kevin Malone, John Casken and William Brooks. He has benefited from residencies with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Young Composer 2015-16/Magnus Lindberg mentor) and at the MacDowell Colony (USA) and was a finalist in Britten Sinfonia Opus 2013. In 2015 he was a prize winner at the YCM (Young Composers Meeting) in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Brigg worked extensively as a conductor and pianist throughout Yorkshire, before moving to London to pursue further composing opportunities. He teaches piano and composition in the Islington area and leads a jazz/contemporary group, Stoop Quintet, which has performed at the Vortex and the in EFK London Jazz Festival.

Jazz recordings include Ranch, a genre-hopping concept album written for Threads Orchestra, described by All About Jazz as ‘enigmatic and defiant of categorisation’, and ‘Confession’, written for Stoop Quintet and released on ASC Records in 2016. Brigg has written for a number of ensembles in the UK and abroad, notably in the Netherlands. Song to the Bare City, was written for the Nieuw Ensemble, The Brain Within its Groove for Orkest de Ereprijs and most recently String Quartet No. 1 “Katabasis” was commissioned by the NJO Academy for the Animato Kwartet, who featured the piece on a recent tour and performed it in the finals of the Storioni Toonzaal chamber music contest. Two recent works have emerged from an association with the LPO: Sinful Sinfonies, premiered under the baton of LPO Composer in Residence Magnus Lindberg, and Fall, a commission from the LPO for the Foyle Future Firsts, which received its premiere in the Royal Festival Hall.

Current projects include Ursaphobia, a commission from Bradford’s Arts and Music service and a new work for Orkest de Erepris.