Jonathan began his musical studies at the age of four on a mock violin constructed from a cereal box and wooden dowel. These days, he often wonders if he sounds better on the cereal box. Apparently, Jonathan’s parents dismissed the adage that “children should be seen, not heard,” and, with an instrument 1:16 to scale, he proceeded to wreak tonal havoc. Throughout his high school years, Jonathan studied under the tutelage of Patinka Kopec at the Manhattan School of Music, where he discovered his love for the viola. Over the course of his development as a musician, Jonathan participated in the solo, chamber, and orchestral programs at Keshet Eilon, The Perlman Music Program, and Pinchas Zukerman’s Young Artist Program.
Jonathan received his Bachelor’s degree at Yale, where he majored in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. He remained intensely involved in the musical world, playing chamber music, supporting Yale’s efforts in new music, and serving as the Yale Symphony Orchestra’s principal violist, social chair, and vice president. Jonathan is currently an associate with the investing firm, KKR, where he is absolutely apolitical, very much economical, and, in a world of congressional depositions and vampire squids, he strives always to be ethical.