Jonathan Leshnoff has already won an international reputation as one of America’s most gifted young composers. The New Jersey-born composer is riding the crest of a wave of popularity that includes the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of his flute concerto with Robert Spano and Jeffrey Khaner, a Carnegie Hall co-commission of a song cycle for Jessica Rivera, and a new guitar concerto for Manuel Barrueco, co-commissioned by the Baltimore and Asturias Symphonies. His other symphonic performances include the Atlanta, Kansas City, Buffalo, Kyoto, Curtis Institute, IRIS, Concert Opéra de Toulon, Santa Barbara, Tucson, Amarillo, Fort Wayne, Memphis, Harrisburg, Fairfax, Duluth-Superior, Columbus, Boca Raton, Extremedura, National Gallery of Art, Handel Choir of Dartmouth Symphonies, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.
The first of three recordings devoted exclusively to Leshnoff’s music was released on the Naxos “American Classics” label and selected among Naxos’s top 40 CDs. It includes his Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Charles Wetherbee and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Markand Thakar. Other Naxos releases feature his Symphony No. 1 conducted by Michael Stern and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra, and Leshnoff’s chamber music.
Named by the Washington Post as one of the ”gifted young composers around,” Jonathan Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings Magazine as “quite distinct from anything else that’s out there,” by the Memphis Commercial Appeal as “a fluid, thoughtful work, superbly textured and unafraid to be intellectual,” and by the Baltimore Sun as “remarkably assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical.” The New York Times declared that “the afternoon’s keenest discovery was Mr. Leshnoff.”
Mr. Leshnoff’s catalogue includes 4 string quartets, 2 oratorios, 7 concerti, trios, a string sextet, a symphony and numerous solo and chamber works. Current projects include a second symphony and a clarinet concerto. The award-winning Leshnoff, a Professor of Music at Towson University, is composer-in-residence with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra.