Jonathan Russ composes direct, expressive music with an eye towards social good, drawing from the languages of contemporary classical music, musical theater, and indie rock. His music has been performed throughout America and Europe.
Jonathan is Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble, and was recently featured in a portrait concert by the ensemble featuring clarinetist Stanley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic. He has worked with Marimolin, the Blueshift Ensemble, the Ludovico Ensemble, Quartetto Apeiron, and members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, and pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Marilyn Lehman. Jonathan has participated in many summer festivals: New Music On The Point, Cortona Sessions, soundSCAPE, highSCORE, fresh inc., VIPA, and the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. He is the 2014 winner of the MA-ASTA Composition Competition and a winner of the Boston Conservatory Choral Composers' Competition, has held residencies at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts and the Hambidge Center, and was featured at the inaugural New Music On The Bayou Festival. Upcoming projects include a book of piano pieces, an opera about a hermetic young woman, and an indie rock EP.
As a guitarist, Jonathan has performed in theater pits and rock clubs throughout New York and New England. He is a member of the folk-rock group Lucky Sons.
A Long Island native and Brooklyn resident, Jonathan holds a master's in composition from The Boston Conservatory, where he studied with Andy Vores and Curtis Hughes. He also holds a BA from Brown University in music and international relations and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in musical theater writing. Jonathan has studied composition privately with Dalit Warshaw and has had lessons with Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitri Tymoczko, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Dan Trueman, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Marcela Pavia, Gabriela Lena Frank, Forrest Pierce, and Chester Biscardi.