About Jonathan Leshnoff

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’s works have been performed by more than 50 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 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, all on the Naxos American Classics label. The recording of his Violin Concerto No. 1, performed by Charles Wetherbee with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, 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. A recording of the Atlanta Symphony performing Leshnoff’s Symphony No. 2 and Zohar oratorio was released in November 2016.


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.


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