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, since 2010, the Philadelphia Orchestra premiere of his Flute Concerto under Robert Spano, written for Principal Flutist Jeffrey Khaner, and a new orchestral work, Starburst, premiered by Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony. He has three CD’s on the Naxos label, including his orchestral works conducted by Michael Stern and the IRIS orchestra. His other symphonic performances include the IRIS, Amarillo, Buffalo, Kyoto, Curtis Institute, Kansas City, Santa Barbara, Tucson, Fort Wayne, Memphis, Harrisburg, Fairfax, Duluth-Superior, Columbus, Boca Raton, Extremedura, and National Gallery of Art Symphonies; the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra; and the Handel Choir of Dartmouth.
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 forty CDs for 2009. It includes his Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Charles Wetherbee and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Markand Thakar, and his String Quartet No. 1, performed by the Carpe Diem String Quartet. 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 Baltimore Sun as an “Artist to Watch,” 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 in a November 2008 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, a symphony and numerous solo and chamber works. Current projects include a dance suite written for and premiered by Gil and Orli Shaham, a guitar concerto for Manuel Barrueco, a cello concerto for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and a song cycle for soprano Jessica Rivera co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The award-winning Leshnoff, a Professor of Music at Towson University, teaches theory, orchestration, and composition, and is composer-in-residence with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. He can be contacted at www.jonathanleshnoff.com or at www.chesapeakeartists.com