Composer, songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Russ is dedicated to exploring the space between contemporary classical music, indie rock, and musical theater. His music has been heard at such diverse venues as Joe’s Pub, Barrington Stage Company, the Triad Theater, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.
Jonathan is currently Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble, for whom he has written a number of pieces including a sonata for clarinetist Stanley Drucker. His other works include song cycle Songs For Travelling, composed for tenor Zander Ebin, and scores for the musicals Moon Mary and FOUR. Upcoming projects include a score for the short film Lily In The Grinder; a musical, LAWN; 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.
Growing up on Long Island, Jonathan 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. He has studied composition privately with Dalit Warshaw and is currently studying with Andy Vores at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a master’s in composition. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.