Born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, Jonny Mansfield grew up surrounded by music. His parents are both musicians and played a mix of Classical and Jazz around the house.
Jonny followed in his older brothers footsteps attending Chetham’s School of Music. This led him to being part of the National Youth Orchestra, Verbier Festival Youth Orchestra and National Youth Jazz Collective. Jonny went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Jim Hart, Joe Locke and Pete Churchill, where he gained a BMus 1st class degree.
He has performed at many prestigious venues with respected musicians including Chris Potter, Gareth Lockrane and Yazz Ahmed. He has toured throughout Europe and performed at major venues such at the Bimhaus, Leipzig Jazzstage and the Royal Albert Hall.
In Summer 2019, Jonny released his debut album with his 11 piece ensemble 'Elftet' aZer completing a 14 date UK tour funded by the Arts Council. Jonny's recordings have received extensive airplay and has been critically acclaimed worldwide - Press.
Jonny was the recipient of the Tebbut Exhibition Award, Richard Turner Award, Scott Philbrick Jazz Scholarship and the Principals Award from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2018, Jonny was awarded the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and subsequently signed to Edition Records to release his album featuring Chris Potter, Gareth Lockrane and Kit Downes.
Jonny is also a founding member of Bonsai, who have released two albums and have toured extensively in Europe. Their most recent album was released in May 2019 on Ubuntu Music. Bonsai was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award in June 2020 in the Jazz Newcomer category.