About Jonathan Leshnoff
Named by the Washington Post as one of the “gifted young composers” of this generation, Jonathan Leshnoff is a leader of contemporary American lyricism. His compositions have earned international acclaim for their accessible melodies, structural complexity and weighty themes.
The New Jersey-born and Baltimore-based composer’s works have been performed by an array of classical music’s most celebrated stars, including Marin Alsop, Robert Spano, Gil and Orli Shaham and Manuel Barrueco. His works have been performed by orchestras around the world including the Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Kansas City and Buffalo Symphony Orchestras. Leshnoff’s orchestral works have also been performed by the Santa Barbara, Tucson, Amarillo, Fort Wayne, Asturias, Memphis, Harrisburg, Fairfax, Reading, Grant Park and Columbus symphony orchestras, as well as by the IRIS Orchestra, Concert Opera de Toulon, Kyoto Orchestras, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
In November of 2014, Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s will premiere Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2, commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony. Highlights of the 2013-14 season included the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s debut of his Guitar Concerto, under Music Director Marin Alsop and legendary guitar soloist Manuel Barrueco. Barrueco performed the guitar concerto a second time in May 2014 in Oviedo, Spain with the Asturias Symphony, under the baton of Andrew Grams, and will do so in future performances with the Nashville Symphony, under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero, and the Reno Philharmonic, under the baton of Laura Jackson. Last season also included a five-city tour of Leshnoff’s new song cycle, Monica Songs, with soprano Jessica Rivera and conductor Robert Spano at the piano. The tour culminated with Leshnoff’s Carnegie Hall debut on October 29, 2013. Commissions for 2015-16 season include a third symphony commemorating the 100th anniversary of WWI, a 2nd violin concerto for Gil Shaham and a clarinet concerto for Ricardo Morales.
Jonathan Leshnoff has released three albums to date, all on the Naxos American Classics label. His recording of Violin Concerto, performed by Charles Wetherbee with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, led by Markand Thakar, was selected among Naxos’ Top 40 CDs of 2009. Other Naxos releases feature his Symphony No. 1, conducted by Michael Stern with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, along with Leshnoff’s chamber music.
Named by the Fanfare magazine as “the real thing,” Jonathan Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings magazine as “distinct from anything else that’s out there,” and by the Memphis Commercial Appeal as “a fluid, thoughtful work, superbly textured and unafraid to be intellectual,” and by the Baltimore Sun as “remarkable assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical.” The New York Times concluded in a concert review that “the afternoon’s keenest discovery was Mr. Leshnoff.”Leshnoff’s catalogue includes four string quartets, two oratorios, seven concerti, trios, a string sextet, three symphonies and numerous solo and chamber works. Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University and a composer-in-residence with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.