Jonathan Leshnoff, composer
Distinguished by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism”, composer Jonathan Leshnoff attracts audiences with his music’s gripping embrace of tonality. His compositions have earned international acclaim for their striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes.
The Baltimore-based composer’s works have been performed by more than 60 orchestras worldwide in hundreds of orchestral concerts, He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, and orchestras including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, and Nashville Symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the IRIS and Philadelphia Orchestras. Leshnoff’s compositions have been performed by classical music’s most celebrated stars, such as Gil and Orli Shaham, Roberto Díaz, and Manuel Barrueco, and have been conducted and embraced by esteemed music directors including Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, and Michael Stern.
Leshnoff 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 2018-19 season include the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s premiere of Leshnoff’s Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra's premiere of Leshnoff's Suite for Cello, Strings, and Timpani featuring the eminent cellist Johannes Moser, and the start of a multi-year residency with the Fairfax Symphony. Orchestras from the Knoxville Symphony to the Colorado Springs Philharmonic also perform works from Leshnoff’s robust ouevre.
Leshnoff has released four albums to date, all on the Naxos American Classics label. Featured recordings include his Violin Concerto No. 1 with Charles Wetherbee and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, selected among Naxos’ Top 40 CDs the year of its release; and his Symphony No. 1, conducted by Michael Stern with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra along with Leshnoff’s chamber music. An all-Leshnoff recording of the Atlanta Symphony performing Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zohar oratorio was released in November 2016. In December 2017, the recent band arrangement of Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concertowas featured with Philadelphia Orchestra principal Ricardo Morales in a recording with the United States Marine Band. A new all-Leshnoff release is expected in early 2019, with the Nashville Symphony performing his Guitar Concerto with Jason Vieaux, and his recently premiered Symphony No. 4.
Celebrated by Fanfare magazine as “the real thing”, Leshnoff’s music has been lauded by Strings magazine as “distinct from anything else that’s out there” and by the Baltimore Sun as “remarkably assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical”. Leshnoff’s catalog is vast, including several symphonies and oratorios in addition to numerous concerti, solo, and chamber works. Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University.