Jonathan Little was the first Australian composer to be awarded the Collard Fellowship, one of the most prestigious awards of The City of London’s ancient Worshipful Company of Musicians (est.1500), and the first composer to receive a Professional Development Award from the UK music business’s own charity, the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund.
Jonathan studied music at the University of Melbourne, winning the Lady Turner Exhibition, then undertook a PhD studying the development of ‘exotic’ orchestration. A former Prefect of the National Boys’ Choir and member of the Australian Youth Orchestra (participating in the 1988 Grand Bicentennial European Tour), Jonathan performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and for new music workshops of the Australian Opera.
As a composer, Jonathan’s works have won multiple ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and critics’ choice awards in the USA, as well as PRS, Bliss and Leighton Trust Awards in the UK. His first major album was one of US Fanfare magazine’s top recommended recordings for 2008, while his 2012 album, Polyhymnia, featuring several European orchestras, was nominated in Spain for Best Album of the Year.
Amongst his writings, Jonathan was Consultant and Contributing Editor to A & C Black’s Musicians’ and Songwriters’ Yearbook, and his two-volume survey of musical and literary Orientalism won an Authors’ Foundation/Royal Literary Fund Award in 2011.
From 2001 to 2005, Jonathan was Principal of the UK’s Academy of Contemporary Music, and he was subsequently appointed Reader in Music Composition and Music History at the University of Chichester.