Jonathan Palmer Lakeland
Jonathan Palmer Lakeland is a piano accompanist whose playing has been described as “pointed and dramatic” (Robert Hugill, PlanetHugill), and as “wordless eloquence…he supported the singers with both brio and sensitivity, clearly relishing his involvement in the dramatic narrative” (Margaret Tattersall, The Herald, Stratford-upon-Avon). Noted for his musical creativity, as well as passion for performing, writing, and teaching, Jonathan is quickly becoming known as one of the most exciting accompanists of his generation.
Jonathan studied piano accompanying at the Royal Academy of Music in London under some of the world’s greatest accompanists including Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake, James Baillieu, and Michael Dussek. During this time, he also studied at the Georg Solti Accademia in Venice, Italy with Maestro Richard Bonynge, Jonathan Papp, and Annette Saunders. While at the Academy, Jonathan made his debuts at Wigmore Hall, the Oxford Lieder Festival, and the Leeds Lieder Festival alongside singers including Claire Barnett-Jones, Bozidar Smiljanic, Michael Mofidian, and Olivia Warburton. He also served on the music/coaching staff of the Solti Accademia’s summer “bel canto” program for singers.
In addition to serving as one of the collaborative pianists for The Same Stream, Jonathan is also the organization's Executive Director. He has enjoyed a long collaboration with the choir's conductor and artistic director James Jordan. From 2010 - 2014, Jonathan served as the Principal Accompanist for the Westminster Williamson Voices- a select choral ensemble at Westminster Choir College under the direction of Dr. Jordan. These years saw many concert appearances at venues including Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center; the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia; Lancing College Chapel, Sussex, UK; and SJE Arts, Oxford, UK. In December 2013, the Williamson Voices were nominated for a GRAMMY award (Best Choral Performance category) for their recording of, "Annelies” by James Whitbourn.