About Jonathan Weber
Jonathan Weber maintains a dynamic multi-faceted career as a violinist, violist, conductor, composer, and educator. His diverse skill set and versatility with musical styles have given him opportunities to share concert stages with major artists in venues and mediums spanning from Carnegie Hall to Madison Square Garden to television and film.
Classically trained, Jonathan Weber has appeared throughout the United States and abroad as a solo artist, chamber musician and orchestral player. He has performed with members of the Orion String Quartet, Windscape and the Bach Aria Group, members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Northeast Pennsylvania Chamber Music Society, and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.
Branching into jazz, hip hop, country music and rock and roll, Mr. Weber has shared the stage with Billy Joel, Taylor Swift, Peter Gabriel, Roger Daltrey, Josh Groban, Father John Misty, Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlin, Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Jay Z, Beyonce, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Reid, Questlove and the Roots, Alicia Keys, Corey Glover, Janelle Monae, Eryka Badu, the Mahavishnu Project, the Trans Siberian Orchestra and more.
Hailed by the Boston Globe as “inspired,” for his manipulation of electronics, Mr. Weber enjoys every opportunity he can to perform as an electric violinist and violist. From 2005 - 2009, Mr. Weber served as electric violist for the fusion band DBR & The MISSION, which toured the United States, appeared at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, and was featured at the Adelaide Music Festival in Australia in 2008. Mr. Weber later went on to play electric violin and viola with the progressive New York based rock band “Hey Guy”, which in addition to local and nationwide touring had the pleasure of opening for Living Colour at Irving Plaza (NYC) in 2014. As a jazz and rock improviser, Mr. Weber has performed with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, tap dance sensation Savion Glover, and with comedian Sarah Silverman in her Carnegie Hall debut at the 2007 New York Comedy Festival.
A native New Yorker and active New York freelancer, Mr. Weber performs regularly on Broadway and was a full time orchestra member at Kinky Boots: The Musical. He has also performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.
Television appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Rachael Ray Show, Christmas: Live at Rockefeller Center, PBS Great Performances: Soundstage, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, where Mr. Weber made his television conducting debut performing with Dana Carvey, Questlove, and The Roots. Journeying into the cinematic medium, Mr. Weber can be seen on screen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Season 3), Joker, The Greatest Showman, Annie, Sex and the City 2, Mildred Pierce (HBO Miniseries), and Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.
An avid session musician, Mr. Weber can be heard on Lilyhammer: The Score Volume 1 (w/Steven Van Zandt), Boardwalk Empire Volume 3: Music from the HBO Series (w/Elvis Costello), Billy Joel: Live at Shea Stadium, Albert Hammond Jr.: Como Te Llama, Jay Z: Kingdom Come (Bonus Tracks), the soundtrack to The Glorias (score by Elliot Goldenthal), and frequent film projects with composer Ruichi Sakamoto.
Mr. Weber has a bachelor's and master's degree in classical performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY) where he studied under violinist Daniel Phillips. As a music educator, Jonathan Weber has brought a wealth of musical knowledge combined with real-world experience to the faculty positions he has held. From 2000 - 2017, he served on the faculty of the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College, where he was music director of the pre-college orchestras, head of the chamber music department, and founder of a multi-genre ensemble workshop for young musicians, which focused intensively on musical versatility in preparation for the wonders that await in the outside music world. Mr. Weber has also served on the faculties of the 92nd Street Y Music School, the University of Buffalo (SUNY) Summer Strings Workshops, the New York Summer Music Festival (Oneonta, NY), the Odyssey Chamber Music Festival at the University of Missouri, and the Middlebury Summer Chamber Music Festival in Middlebury, VT. Mr. Weber is currently an Adjunct Professor of Violin at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College (CUNY).