Over the last 16 years, Jonathan Echevarria has studied piano, violin, cello, and viola with members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Shanghai, Lark, and Medici Quartets. Having received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance on scholarship at the John J. Cali School of Music, with Honggang Li of the Shanghai Quartet and Kathryn Lockwood of the Lark Quartet , he now continues his graduate studies at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music on full scholarship, with Ivo-Jan Van Der Werff.
He has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage, and Weill Recital Hall, The Kimmel Center for The Performing Arts’ Verizon Hall, Barge Music-Brooklyn, and internationally at the East Normal University. He made his solo debut in November of 2015 with the Montclair State University Chamber Orchestra as a prize winner in the John J. Cali School of Music Concerto Competition. He has performed in masterclasses for names such as Cynthia Phelps, Principal violist of the New York Philharmonic, Jay Liu,Associate Principal Viola of the San Francisco Symphony, Herbert Kefer of the Artis Quartet, Soloist, Paul Neubauer, and has held principal and assistant principal positions in the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra, Lux Orchestra, and the conductorless orchestra, The Cali Camerata. Most recently, he will be performing in productions of Puccini’s, Gianni Schicchi and Bernstein’s,Trouble in Tahiti as principal violist of the Shepherd School of Music Opera Orchestra.
For over two years, Mr. Echevarria has maintained a private teaching studio of up-to sixteen students, ranging from the of ages five-adult. With a passion for sharing music, he was worked as a volunteer in the Millville Public School System’s after school strings program, and has done demonstrations and performances at charter schools throughout southern New Jersey. His teaching style explores a way of learning that is individualized, to provide fun and success for students.