Critics have certainly taken notice of cellist Jonah Ellsworth after solo performances with the Boston Symphony, Akron Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Boston Philharmonic, and New Bedford Symphony Orchestras, among others. Ellsworth has been referred to as “a kind of unrepentant Tannhäuser” and “a player to watch,” by the Boston Globe and Clevelandclassical.com. The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote that he is “fearless [with a] complete range of expressive richness.”
Mr. Ellsworth has also appeared with Symphony Pro Musica, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra under the baton of the late Gunther Schuller, Symphony by the Sea, performing Brahms’ Double Concerto with violinist Yoojin Jang, and the Boston Philharmonic, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the Boston Trio. As the winner of the New England Conservatory’s concerto competition, Jonah performed Elgar’s Cello Concerto with the NEC Philharmonia in March of 2016. He has been a finalist of the Stulberg International String Competition in Michigan, received a prize from the Harvard Musical Association, and appeared on PBS’s nationally televised broadcast of “From the Top,” taped live in Carnegie Hall.
Jonah completed his Bachelor of Music at New England Conservatory, and is currently pursuing his Graduate Diploma under the tutelage of Laurence Lesser. He previously studied with Peter Wiley at the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as Andrew Mark and Natasha Brofsky. He has attended the Marlboro Music Festival, Meadowmount Music School, Greenwood Music Camp, and Orford Arts Center in Canada.