Jonathan Spitz has established himself as one of the leading cellists in the New York area with his performances as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral principal.
In recent seasons, Mr. Spitz has performed Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the New Jersey Symphony and the Riverside Sinfonia, Bloch’s Schelomo with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and the Haydn Sinfonia Concertante on a tour of Southeast Asia with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and at the Bard Festival. His performance of the Saint-Saens Cello Concerto at the OK Mozart Festival was recently broadcast nationwide on NPR’s Performance Today. A highlight of this past season was his performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Spitz is a founding member of the Leonardo Trio and has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe with that ensemble since 1985. He performed for three summers at the Marlboro Festival and has played concerts with Rudolf Serkin, Oscar Shumsky, Benita Valente, Bargemusic, the Boston Symphony Players and Parnassus.
Mr. Spitz was recently appointed solo cellist of the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He is a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and performs with them on their international tours, Carnegie Hall series and numerous recordings. He is also principal cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Bard Festival Orchestra.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Mr. Spitz has studied with David Soyer, Felix Galimir, Karen Tuttle, Mischa Schneider and Robert Gardner. He has recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc, Nonesuch, Delos, CRI, XLNT and New World.
The Laurie and Richard Brueckner Cello Chair