Jonathan Leshnoff

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Biography

The award-winning Jonathan Leshnoff, a Professor of Music at Towson University, teaches theory and orchestration.

Praised by the Washington Post as one of the “gifted young composers” of this generation, Jonathan Leshnoff is described by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism.” His compositions have earned international acclaim for their striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes.

The Baltimore-based composer has been ranked among the most performed living composers by American orchestras in recent seasons, and upcoming seasons are comparably active with musical activity and collaborations. Highlights for the 2017-18 season include the Nashville Symphony’s premiere of Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 4 and the Dallas Symphony’s premiere of Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto No. 2. Alex Kerr will perform as soloist for this Dallas premiere, led by Jaap van Zweden on his final program there as Music Director.

Leshnoff has released four albums to date. The recording of his Violin Concerto No. 1 was selected among Naxos’ Top 40 CDs of 2009. An Atlanta Symphony recording of Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zohar oratorio was Leshnoff’s most recent discography addition, released by Naxos in November 2016.

Leshnoff’s catalog is vast, including four symphonies, several oratorios, ten concerti in addition to numerous solo, and chamber works.