Jonathan Schneider

"Through the dedication and example of my teachers, my time at the Conservatory was one of much growth and learning, both academic and musical..."

My time at the Conservatory was one of much growth and formative experiences. I learned a lot from my harp teacher, Elisa Torres, and her example and dedication to music were an integral part of my training as a musician. During those years, I had the opportunity to collaborate and play in many concerts and recitals, which gave me the experience I needed. I had outstanding teachers who taught me a lot, and the friendships I made were a big part of my life. Although we are all developing our careers in different countries now, I am still in contact with many of them.

Jonathan Schneider
Harpist/Concertist

Jonathan Schneider

Harpist/Concertist

Class: 2021

Jonathan Schneider

Motivated by his passion for reflecting light and beauty through music, Jonathan Schneider is a harpist whose expressiveness communicates important stories and creates vibrant soundscapes. He started piano lessons at the age of five and quickly fell in love with music. At the age of ten, he not only continued with the piano, but also began studying the harp. Under the tutelage of Elisa Torres, Principal Harpist of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 13 she began competing in the Symphony Experience program, a program that prepares young musicians to participate in a concert with members of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Puerto Rico. It was here when Jonathan realized the possibility and opportunity to continue his studies to become a professional musician.

At age 17, Jonathan debuted with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in the traditional Three Kings concert. A few years later, in 2018, he returned as winner of the soloist competition of the Symphony Experience program, performing the Danses Sacrée et Profans for harp and orchestra by Debussy. That same year he won the concerto competition at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, where he was then pursuing his bachelor's degree in harp performance. As a result, he had the privilege of brand new Concertstück by Gabriel Pierne in Puerto Rico with the Symphony Orchestra of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. During this time of training she also had the opportunity to take private and master classes with internationally renowned harpists such as Susann McDonald, Dr. Ann Yeung, Park Stickney, María-Luisa Rayan and Brandee Younger. Jonathan graduated with his baccalaureate, summa cum laude in harp performance from the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music and has since performed with ensembles and orchestras such as the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orfeón San Juan Bautista. He is now pursuing his Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under the direction of Dr. Ann Yeung, where he also serves as president of the Roslyn Rensch Central Illinois Harp Chapter.

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