faculty-jrichards-2Hailed by the Washington Post for “…bringing real drama” to his performances, violinist Jonathan Richards has performed throughout the United States and Canada as both chamber musician and soloist. He has won numerous competitions including the Chicago Symphonia Concerto Competition, Elgin Symphony Young Artist Competition, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic Concerto Competition, the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition, and the University of Maryland Concerto Competition. He has also appeared as soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s of Chicago, the Judson College Symphony, the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic, and the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Richards has gained recent accolades in DC’s new music scene for his performances with the esteemed VERGE ensemble, the Grammy nominated Inscape Chamber Orchestra, and the New Music Ensemble of Towson. As an orchestral musician, Jonathan holds a section position with the Virginia Symphony. He has also performed with the Quad City Symphony, Rockford Symphony, and Elgin Symphony. He now performs regularly with the Fairfax Symphony, Annapolis Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Chesapeake Symphony, and National Philharmonic along with the Concert Artists of Baltimore, Post-Classical Orchestra, and the Washington Soloists. An avid chamber musician, Richards was a founding member of the Adelphi String Quartet and current member of the critically acclaimed Excelsa Quartet. As a recording artist, Richards has recorded Walter Gieseking works for string quartet and string trio for the Naxos label with the Adelphi Quartet, and has recently recorded world premiers for the Sono Luminus label with Inscape. Richards received his B.M. from Northern Illinois University while studying with Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. He received his M.M. from the University of Maryland and is currently a doctoral candidate in the D.M.A. program.