Jonathan Magness, a native of Alabama, was appointed the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate principal second violin in September 2008. He performed as soloist in spring 2011, in Dvořák’s Violin Concerto under the baton of Marin Alsop.
As a teen, Jonathan studied at the University of Minnesota, working with Sally O’Reilly. He also earned a bachelor’s degree from the Juilliard School and a master’s degree, with high distinction, from the University of Graz in Austria.
In 2004 he won the grand prize in the International Sparkasse Musikstipendium competition in Austria. In 2005, in the Luis Sigall Violin Competition in Chile, he was awarded the audience prize, prize for best interpretation of a commissioned work and second prize overall. Also in 2005, he was a prizewinner in the Manchester International Competition in the UK, which allowed him the opportunity to appear as soloist with the BBC Symphony under Vassily Sinaisky. He has also appeared as soloist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Klagenfurt Musikverein, Regional Orchestra of Chile and additional orchestras in the U.S. and Austria, and has performed chamber music and solo recitals across the U.S., South America and Europe. He teaches violin at the University of Minnesota’s Bravo Institute.