Jonathan Rutherford

(Composer & Pianist)

last updated March 13th 2003

Jonathan Rutherford's completed Double Concerto for Accordion and Saw (or flute) with string quartet, which is a substantial 45 minutes long and which was written for Owen Murray and Harriet Longman, is desiring a first performance. As, indeed, is his Oboe Quartet which Nicholas Daniel has described thus: 'it looks beautiful and I would certainly like to play it'. Sally Beamish has said 'The concerto is tremendous fun - very exciting - I've never heard anything quite like it'. So concert managers, please come forward. These two works can be heard in computer generated performances by contacting Scottish Music Information Centre . A part of his CD recording of ´An Intake of Breath´ (see link below) was broadcast in April 2001 on BBC Radio 3 ´Late Junction´, and again in November 2002 on Radio 3 ´Making Tracks´.

As a pianist, his recent performance of the Dvorak Piano Quintet with Jennifer Thorn, Phillipa Mo, Rachel Bolt and Jane Hyland was described as "sensitive, composed, intelligent, poised, in fact just plain classy". As a composer, he has completed a substantial new piano sonata for Jacqueline Cole a planned performance of which was due for performance at the Holywell Music Room in December by its dedicatee. Unfortunately, this has had to be postponed. The short work that he has written for organ ´Fantasy on Salve Regina´ celebrating the 650th anniversary of Little St Mary's Church Cambridge has been recorded by Alan Loader at the Little St Mary's organ, and the 67 minute CD, which also contains music by Bach, Mendlessohn, Vaughan Williams etc. and is priced at 11, is available by contacting Alan Loader on 01223 323831 (+44 1223 323831).

All enquiries regarding sheet music should be addressed to the Scottish Music Information Centre . The CD of ´An Intake of Breath´ for musical saw, violin and soprano is available on request from Scottish Music Information Centre (click on ´Shop´ and then ´admin´ and then write an e-mail, where prompted), and also from 'Wrap CD' ( an excellent CD shop inside the Aldeburgh Cinema, Aldeburgh High Street, Suffolk). The sheet music is available from Modus Music (see Contact Information below for address and telephone number).

Jonathan Rutherford was born in 1953. He was one of the original 15 pupils at the Yehudi Menuhin School between 1963 and 1969 where he received an excellent musical education. Outside the school curriculum from 1967 he studied composition with Lennox Berkeley. Between 1969 and 1973 he studied piano with Cimbro Martin and attended Dartington Summer Schools of music composition seminars given by Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle. He also had a lesson with Benjamin Britten and some from Richard Rodney Bennett. Between 1973 and 1975 he studied harmony and counterpoint with Nadia Boulanger (who had been a frequent visiting teacher at the Yehudi Menuhin School) and piano with Jacques Fèvrier. He has worked as a keyboard player and music director for the Royal Shakespeare company for many years.

Jonathan Rutherford is the composer of a great many works of all kinds, including chamber music, piano music, opera, vocal, choral, symphonic, - even some very good pop songs, written between 1967 (the "summer of love") and 1970.

As a pianist he was a founder member of the Eusebius Piano Trio. He has a duo partnership with Anthony Halstead (horn) with whom he has developed excellent interpretations of the Brahms Trio and the Hindemith Sonata. His brother is the horn-player Christian Rutherford, and his mother the artist Jenny Allen. Nico Lethbridge, the founder of the 1999 Queille Festival, held in honour of its founder's 50th birthday, thus described his opening piano recital (which included a Mozart Sonata and Schumann's ´Carnaval´):

"His playing set a tone and quality which moved us all and pervaded the entire atmosphere thereafter. His friendliness, wit and bonhommie and its influence on all of us are all of them one of the reasons why the weekend was, I think, so special for so many".

List of Works
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CD of "An Intake of Breath"