Born on the Isle of Man, Jason began to play the cornet at the age of six. He was awarded a place at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester aged 10, where he learnt with Gareth Small and Murray Greig.
He completed his studies with James Watson, Mark David, Paul Beniston and John Hutchins at the Royal Academy of Music.
Having already worked with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic, Hallé and BBC Symphony, Jason secured his current position at the Philharmonia Orchestra during the second year of his Bachelor’s degree. He enjoys a varied life as an orchestral musician and regularly plays Guest Principal with other ensembles – recent appearances include Swedish Radio Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
In addition to concert performances, Jason enjoys indulging his love for film music through commercial recordings with the Philharmonia and also as a freelance trumpet player. Recent soundtracks on which Jason can be heard include: Iron Man 3, VICE, Black Panther, Aladdin, Dumbo, Shazam and The Avengers.
In September 2014 the Royal Academy appointed him to the position of James Watson Associate Professor of Trumpet and in 2016 he became a Professor of Trumpet at the Royal College of Music, where he takes an active role in the development of the trumpet and brass departments as a whole. Jason is particularly interested in the psychological issues surrounding performance and the mental preparation needed for performing in an ever-changing world. He constantly evolves his teaching methods to tackle the stresses and challenges that arise when performing at any level.
Jason has performed as a soloist throughout his career, giving masterclasses and recitals for well over 10 years. Recent performances include the Haydn Trumpet Concerto with English Chamber Orchestra in Leeds Town Hall (January 2018) and a recital and masterclass at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2018). In September 2020 he performed as a soloist at the BBC Proms with the Philharmonia at the Royal Albert Hall.
In his (limited!) spare time, Jason enjoys keeping fit and active, going on holiday, and spending time with his very patient and supportive wife!
The Principal Trumpet Chair is endowed by Daan and Maggie Knottenbelt.
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