Jonathan Russ writes music with an eye towards emotional directness, clarity, and compassion, drawing from the languages of indie rock and contemporary classical music. His music has been performed throughout America and Europe.
Jonathan is Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble and the Blueshift Ensemble and is a founding member of the ICEBERG New Music composers' collective. He has worked with many of today's most exciting performers including Mivos Quartet, loadbang, Locrian Chamber Players, Pro Coro Canada, ShoutHouse, Marimolin, members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, clarinetist Stanley Drucker (NY Philharmonic), singers Kamala Sankaram and Jennifer Beattie, and pianists Marilyn Lehman and Jenny Lin. Jonathan has held residencies at the Banff Centre, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Hambidge Center, Arteles, Crosstown Arts, and Arts Letters and Numbers, and was featured at the inaugural New Music On The Bayou Festival. His short opera Bark! (with librettist Lane Dombois) was produced by American Opera Projects and NYU. Upcoming projects include a book of piano miniatures, an opera about a hermetic young woman, and a rock EP.
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, and studied composition privately with Dalit Warshaw. Jonathan has participated in many new music festivals including New Music on the Point, Sō Percussion Summer Institute, VIPA, fresh inc., and Cortona Sessions. He is an alum of the New Dramatists / Nautilus Music-Theater Composer-Librettist Studio and will be participating in the New Amsterdam Records Composers Lab in summer 2018.
Jonathan is a devoted student of Tibetan Buddhism and Qigong, and is a certified wine nerd.