Originally from Liverpool in the U.K., Jonathan Craven moved to Australia in 1974. In 1984, aged 16, Jonathan began clarinet studies with Floyd Williams at the Queensland Conservatorium. After finishing school he was accepted into the Diploma of Music (Performance) course, and during this time he won several prizes for both solo performing and chamber music.
On completing this course, he furthered his studies in London where he received a licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music.
When Jonathan returned to Australia he moved to Perth to teach at the West Australian Conservatorium of Music. In 1993 he was appointed Principal Bass Clarinet in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Three years later he won the audition for Associate Principal Clarinet in the same orchestra.
Jonathan worked freelance in Melbourne and Tasmania until he was appointed to the position of Principal Bass Clarinet with the MSO in 2001.
What have been the highlights of your MSO career to date?
Two performances for the Melbourne Festival:
Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder in 2004.
Stravinsky’s The Firebird in 2003.
What is your favourite piece of music?
Rachmaninov’s 2nd Symphony (best clarinet solo ever).
Who are your musical heroes or influences?
My teacher Floyd Williams.
Andrew Marriner – Principal Clarinet in the LSO.
What was the last CD you bought?
Thirsty Merc’s Slideshows.
What music do you listen to in the car?
Aussie bands and Sports Channel SEN 1116
When you do have time off, how do you relax?
With two young ones, work is more relaxing and less tiring.