Originally from Concord, Jonathan moved to Oakland in 2013 in order to be a part of the San Francisco Bay Area’s vibrant music scene. He performs with a broad array of ensembles, and his repertoire spans every imaginable genre. On any given night you may hear him performing with the San Francisco Wind Ensemble, the San Francisco Opera Company, the Menlo Brass Quintet, the Brassview Quintet, Brass Magic, or the Jazz Mafia Collective. He might also be playing solo at the MacArthur BART Station, playing electronic dance music with Diamond Saints, or singing his original music with his band Jensen Engineering. His musical endeavors have taken him across the world, from performing for rural schools in the mountains of El Salvador to competing in the international tuba quartet competition at the International Tuba and Euphonium Association Conference in Austria.
In addition to performing, Jonathan is the low brass instructor at the Community School of Music and Arts, is a faculty member at Cazadero Performing Arts Camp, and a director for Turning Deserts into Forests, a non-profit focused on finding new efficient ways of irrigating agriculture, organizing large scale reforestation projects, and helping rural communities in Africa conserve water.
Jonathan has a Bachelor’s degree in tuba performance from the Oberlin Conservatory, and in 2012, Jonathan earned his Masters degree in tuba performance from the University of Southern California.