Jonathan Fisher, pianist

Jonathan Fisher was presented in his Carnegie Hall debut concert at Weill Recital Hall by Artists International as a result of winning their Special Presentation Award in the 34th Annual Debut Award Audition Competition in 2007. In December 2008, he was a top prize winner in the 16th International Gianluca Campochiaro Competition in Pedara, Sicily. In 1993 he won second place in the New York City Governor’s Award competition jazz division.

He has played in concerts throughout the USA and in Italy. His recent solo concerts include performances in New York City at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center's Rose Studio, the Nicholas Roerich Museum, the Synagogue for the Arts in TriBeCa, and at Bösendorfer New York in their ArtistSalon concert series. In 2007, he performed both the New York City and Washington DC premieres of composer Aaron Berkowitz's Tony said he saw birds flying (2003).

Committed to the tradition of performance training, he has played in masterclasses with Paul Roberts, Ian Hobson, Edna Golandsky, Frederic Chiu, Dorothy Taubman, Father Sean Duggan, and Blanca Uribe, among others. He is additionally a frequent participant in the Golandsky Institute summer piano symposium at Princeton University.

In addition to his solo work, he along with pianist Brenna Berman comprise BIDECA, a piano 4-hands duo. Their debut event Unplayable Music: Nancarrow for Four Hands at the Slought Foundation (Philadelphia) in June 2004 featured piano 4-hands transcriptions of the player piano music of Conlon Nancarrow (transcriptions by Fisher) as well as selected solo works by the same composer. In Spring 2005, the duo performed a set of original compositions as part of the 2005 Bach Festival of Philadelphia. In Summer 2005, the duo performed as part of the 2005 Philadelphia Fringe Festival with its concert titled Philadelphia Suite at Drexel University’s Mandell Theater. The duo has recorded two CDs of live performances. In addition to the piano duo, other chamber music events include a special appearance at Bösendorfer New York’s Form & Style series, performing Robert Schumann’s piano quintet Op. 44.

Jonathan Fisher was born in New York City in 1978. He began studying with Sonelius Smith at the age of eight and attended the Manhattan School of Music. His past teachers have also included Sheryl Canellakis, Natalia Rivera, and Brian Zeger. Since 1998 he has been coaching with Robert Durso of Philadelphia.