Jonathan Dubay, Violin
Jonathan was exposed to music early in life thanks to the musical talents of his grandmother and mother. While growing up in Portland, he took up violin at his public school, along with lessons at the Community Music Center with former Oregon Symphony Concertmaster, Michael Foxman for six years.
Jonathan attended Reed College for a year before transferring to the Eastman School of Music, where his grandmother had taught piano. He studied with Charles Castleman and received his bachelor’s degree. Then he went on to earn a master’s degree at the Yale School of Music, here he studied with Syoko Aki. He later received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from Yale.
Jonathan taught at Rutgers University and was a Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School, assisting the Juilliard String Quartet. He has played at the Aspen Music Festival and lived in New York City for four years while leading an active career with the Essex Quartet. “I returned to Portland because I like the area so much. I enjoy the outdoors,” he says.
Since joining the Orchestra, Jonathan has taught violin at the Comminity Music Center, Pacific University, Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon. He has also recently been teaching music at his neighborhood public elementary school as a volunteer.
This is Jonathan’s 19th season with the Oregon Symphony, during which time he has performed twice as featured soloist with the orchestra. Recently he presented his play, The Wooden Boy with the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, which introduces Bela Bartok’s 44 Duets for Two Violins to family audiences. He has also recorded the Duets (see CDs).
Jonathan’s wife is also a violinist and a member of the Portland Baroque Orchestra.
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