Musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

Jonathan Spitz, Principal

Principal cellist Jonathan Spitz has served as Principal Cellist of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra since 1991. He has established himself as one of the leading cellists in the New York area with his performances as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral principal. He tours internationally as a member of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and serves as one of that ensemble’s artistic directors. He also performs as Principal Cellist of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra and the American Symphony Orchestra at the Bard Music Festival.

Spitz has performed as a soloist with the NJSO on numerous occasions, including performances of the cello concertos of Schumann, Dvořák and Haydn, as well as Brahms’ Double Concerto with NJSO Concertmaster Eric Wyrick. He has also performed frequently as a soloist with Orpheus, the Riverside Sinfonia and Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. He first performed Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme as a 16-year-old soloist with the Bergen Youth Orchestra.

An active chamber musician, Spitz was a participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed with legendary artists such as Rudolf Serkin, Benita Valente, Felix Galimir and Oscar Shumsky.

He is in great demand as a teacher and serves on the faculties of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, the Brevard Music Center and Sommer Sinfonie in Valdres, Norway. A graduate of the Curtis Institute, Spitz has recorded for multiple record labels.

Spitz performs on a cello by Grubaugh and Seifert from 2012.




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