Jonathan Yates joined the Norwalk Youth Symphony in 2010 as conductor of the Principal Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra.
Jonathan Yates has earned high praise as a conductor, solo pianist and collaborative artist for his musicianship, intellect and the remarkable variety of his musical endeavors. He made his professional orchestral conducting debut at 23, leading the National Symphony Orchestra in a Millennium Stages Concert. The following year he made his Carnegie Hall debut as a participant in the Isaac Stern Chamber Music Workshop. He has also been heard as a chamber musician at the 92nd Street Y, Miller Theater, Bargemusic and Merkin Hall, as well as at the Caramoor Festival and on the Ravinia Festival Rising Stars Series. He has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras in North America, Europe and Asia, and has given solo recitals for the La Jolla Music Society, at the National Museum of American History (on fortepiano), and on the University of Chicago Concert Series. He served as Apprentice Conductor of the Chicago Youth Symphony, and for two years as Music Director of the Harvard University Bach Society Orchestra. As a past and founding member of the Amelia Piano Trio, he was presented by Isaac Stern in Weill Recital Hall and at Hill Auditorium at the University of Michigan, and was a finalist for the Walter F. Naumburg Chamber Music Prize.
Jonathan serves as the founding Music Director of Camerata Notturna, New York City's premiere community chamber orchestra. In that capacity, he has collaborated with some of the country's most respected musicians, including Kim Kashkashian, Colin Carr, Gilbert Kalish and William Purvis; given local and regional premieres of preeminent composers including Augusta Read Thomas, Huang Ruo, Chen Yi and Dan Coleman; and has been featured prominently in Strings Magazine. An ardent devotee of the music of our time, he gave ten premieres in his first three seasons with Camerata Notturna, has conducted new music concerts with the Argento Chamber Ensemble and the Knights, and was the recipient of an ASCAP award for adventurous programming. Highlights of his ample operatic experience have included conducting Orfeo ed Euridice and Paride ed Elena of Gluck at the California Music Festival and leading the world premiere of Michael Webster's opera Hell at Performance Space 122.
Jonathan received his Graduate Diploma in conducting from the Juilliard School, where he studied with James DePreist and Otto-Werner Mueller, and was the holder of the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. He received his Master of Music from State University of New York, where he worked with Gilbert Kalish, and his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, where he studied with Robert Levin. He currently serves on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where he conducts the orchestra and teaches Italian, French and German Vocal Diction.