Jonathan Ware has won the Pianist’s Prize at Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song and Das Lied Competitions, and 1st Prize in the 2014 International Hugo Wolf Competition in his ongoing partnership with baritone Ludwig Mittelhammer.
Sought after as a song accompanist and chamber musician, over the last year Jonathan has given recitals at Wigmore Hall (with Golda Schultz, Robin Tritschler and Ludwig Mittelhammer), the Aldeburgh Festival and Boulez-Saal. He collaborated with the Vogler Quartet in Europe and with oboist Olivier Stankiewicz in the US, appearing at the Morgan Library in New York to critical acclaim.
Engagements this season include recordings for Bayerischer Rundfunk and BBC Radio 3, and recitals at Wigmore Hall with Brenda Rae, Berlin Konzerthaus with the Vogler Quartet, the Homburg and Heidelberger-Frühling Festivals. He undertakes projects at Snape Maltings as a Tunnard Artist and collaborates with trombonist Peter Moore as part of ECHO Rising Stars.
Jonathan teaches at the Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’ and Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin and regularly returns to the Verbier Festival Academy and Samling Opera as staff. He studied at the Eastman School of Music, Juilliard School and the Hochschule ‘Hanns Eisler’.
Awards include 1st Prize with Ludwig Mittelhammer in the International Hugo Wolf Competition and the Pianist’s Prize at the Das Lied and Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competitions. In 2014 he was selected for representation by Young Classical Artists Trust.
Jonathan has performed widely throughout Europe appearing at major festivals and venues including the Munich Philharmonie, Kolner Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus, the Rheingau Festival and Festival Dialogues at the Mozarteum Salzburg. He has collaborated with Mojca Erdmann, Michael Collins, Dame Ann Murray, Ailish Tynan, Fatma Said, Nika Goric and Benjamin Appl, among many others.
Further afield he has given recitals at the Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall as part of Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues programme, Lincoln Center with cellist Michael Katz, Ravinia Festival and The Phillips Collection Washington DC. He also undertook a North American tour with mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught.
Passionate about the song repertory, during the 2012/13 season Jonathan was co-artistic director of a year-long festival devoted to the performance of the complete Schubert Lieder in New York. He has been a member of the accompanying staff of the Steans Institute at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival and the coaching staff of the Internationale Meistersinger Akademie in Neumarkt Germany. He has also worked as a répétiteur with Juilliard Opera, New York City Opera and Frankfurt Opera.
As a soloist Jonathan has given concerts in Dallas, New York, Washington DC, Miami and Hammamatsu in Japan. He won the Grand Prize at the 2005 Kingsville International Competition and was a medalist in the 2002 Missouri Southern, and New York International Piano Competitions. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR (New York), WFMT (Chicago), WRR (Dallas), Bavarian Radio, and on US public television.
“A showcase for Ware’s vigorous clarity... Ware’s attack on the piano had an emphatic, purposeful drive to match his icepick precision.”
“How Ware forms words into the keys in his piano preludes and (especially) postludes, how his fine sound positively creeps into the words, and how he, for instance, advances the strophic and musical dénouement in Goethe's Ganymed: This is thrilling sorcery.”
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“Ware ... stood out for his clear sense of dramatic purpose, unrivalled keyboard finesse, and ability to create a vivid drama.”
To engage Jonathan, please contact Sue Hudson, Senior Artist Manager:
020 7379 8477