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 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, Sō Percussion (through their Summer Institute), ShoutHouse, Marimolin, members of the JACK Quartet and International Contemporary Ensemble, clarinetist Stanley Drucker (NY Philharmonic), singers Kamala Sankaram and Jennifer Beattie, and pianists Amir Khosrowpour and Marilyn Lehman. Jonathan has held residencies at the 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.
As a guitarist, Jonathan has performed in theater pits and rock clubs throughout New York and New England. He has performed with many bands, including Young Yeller and 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. He is an alum of the New Dramatists / Nautilus Music-Theater Composer-Librettist Studio.
Jonathan is a devoted student of Tibetan Buddhism and Qigong, and is a certified wine nerd.