One of Canada's brightest talents, violinist Jonathan Crow exudes "masterful coolness" (The Montreal Gazette) as the concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan earned his Bachelor of Music in Honours Performance from McGill University, at which time he joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal as associate principal second violin. Between 2002 and 2006, Jonathan was engaged as co-concertmaster of that symphony, and notably during his tenure, was the youngest concertmaster of a major North American orchestra. In 2010, he was appointed Concertmaster of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Jonathan has performed as a soloist with many Canadian orchestras including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, National Arts Centre Orchestra, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, Kingston Symphony and Orchestra London, under the baton of such conductors as Charles Dutoit, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Kent Nagano, Mario Bernardi, and João Carlos Martins among others. An advocate of contemporary music he has premiered works by Canadian composers Michael Conway Baker, Eldon Rathburn, Barrie Cabena, Ana Sokolovic, Marjan Mozetich, Christos Hatzis, Ernest MacMillan, and Healey Willan, and includes in his repertoire major concerti by such modern composers as Ligeti, Schnittke, Bernstein, Brian Cherney, Rodney Sharman, and Cameron Wilson. He has recorded for the ATMA, Bridge, CBC, Oxingale, Skylark, and XXI-21 labels.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed at chamber music festivals throughout North America, South America and Europe. He is a founding member of the New Orford String Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the promotion of standard and Canadian string quartet repertoire. In 2005, Jonathan joined the Schulich School of Music at McGill University as an Assistant Professor of Violin and was appointed Associate Professor of Violin in 2010. His current and former students have received numerous prizes at competitions across North America.Tweet