Jonathan began his musical training at an early age and by the age of 16
Jonathan found the instrument that would be his life, the sitar.
His teachers have included Clem Alford (the first ever European sitar
player), Pandit Subroto Roychowdhury of Senia Gharana and Wajahat Khan
(direct descendent of Mia Tansen the great musician, one of the nine jewels
in Moghul court of Emperor Akbar).
Jonathan Mayer studied composition with his father and later with Andrew
Downes at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he gained a B.Mus (Hons) at the
Birmingham Conservatoire studying both sitar and composition. His career so
far has seen him play with artists such as Dave Stewart, The Bingham String
Quartet, Kathryn Tickell, Kumar Bose, Kuljit Bhamra, Erich Gruenburg, Rohan
De Sarem, Kenny Wheeler, The Orlando Consort, John Wilson, Bombay Dub
Orchestra, Future Sounds of London, Sarah Brightman, I Musici Fiamminghi
Orchestra,and Sir Paul McCartney.
The Times UK : “…and some exhilarating solos from Jonathan on Sitar…..”
Timeout UK: “…..Jonathan weaves a gorgeous modal jazz solo on the Sitar in