Jonathan began learning Dizi at the age of 13 under the tutelage of SCO musician Mr Boo Chin Kiah.

During his secondary school years with the Maris Stella High School Chinese Orchestra, he was the Sectional Leader and represented the school to take part in notable events and performances such as the Chinese Orchestra Music Camp organized by MOE in 2003 and 2004, and the SCO's 2004 National Day Concert 'Our People, Our Music'. He also participated in the National Chinese Music Competition 2004 and was awarded a Certificate of Merit for the Dizi Intermediate Category.

During his days in Nanyang Junior College from 2005 to 2006, Jonathan was the Student Conductor and Sectional Leader of the college orchestra, and had led the orchestra for many performances, which included 'Synergy 2006' concert and the Lunchtime Concert at the Singapore Conference Hall. In 2005, Jonathan attained Dizi Grade 8 with Distinction in the grading examination jointly organized by China Central Conservatory of Music and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and was subsequently invited to perform at the High Scorers' Concert.

Jonathan continued improving upon his performance techniques under SCO musician Mr Lim Sin Yeo in 2009 and successfully attained dizi Diploma with Distinction in the grading examination organized by the National University of Singapore, Centre For the Arts. He was also honoured to have the chance to be guided by China's eminent Dizi maestros, Mr. Qu Xiang and Mr. Li Zhen, during their trips to Singapore in 2007 and 2010 respectively.

In 2011, Jonathan took part in the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) Conference and performed as a guest soloist with The Philharmonic Winds (Singapore) which gained acclamations from many other countries.

Jonathan is a member of the Singapore Youth Chinese Orchestra (SYCO).

Jonathan also engages in performances for private functions such as weddings and public festival events such as the recent HuaYi Festival at the Singapore Esplanade.

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