Composer and songwriter Jonathan Russ is dedicated to exploring the space between contemporary classical music, indie rock, and musical theater, and to telling stories through music with and without text. His music has been performed throughout the American Northeast and in Italy.
Jonathan is currently Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble, for whom he has written a number of pieces including a sonata for New York Philharmonic clarinetist Stanley Drucker. He has worked with the Ludovico Ensemble, Quartetto Apeiron, and members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, as well as mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Marilyn Lehman. Jonathan has participated in the New Music On The Point Festival, Cortona Sessions, soundSCAPE Festival, and highSCORE Festival. He is the 2014 winner of the MA-ASTA Composition Competition and a winner of the Boston Conservatory Choral Composers' Competition. Upcoming projects include an indie rock EP and an opera about a young man who never leaves his room.
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, 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 with Dalit Warshaw and Andy Vores and has had lessons with Christopher Theofanidis, Dmitri Tymoczko, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Marcela Pavia, Gabriela Lena Frank, Forrest Pierce, and Chester Biscardi. Jonathan is currently studying with Curtis Hughes at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a master’s in composition. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.