JONATHAN SUSSMAN - Biography
Jonathan (age 19) has been playing the flute since the age of
6 and began playing the violin and viola at age 9. His formal
violin study began with Tom Morgan and Gregory Lawrence, and
he currently studies the flute with Jane Masur and the violin
and viola with Eileen Wingard.
In 2015 he won 1st place in the Rancho Bernardo Chorale Scholarship
Competition, Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC)
Senior Scholarship Competition, MTAC VOCE North County Branch,
and San Diego Symphony “Hot Shots” Concerto Competition, and
2nd place in the La Jolla Symphony and Goodlin Competitions.
Jonathan was selected for Honors Panel (Winds) Master Class
at the 2013 and 2015 MTAC Conventions, and received 1st prize
in the 2013 San Diego Flute Guild Silver and Orchestral Competitions.
As a flutist, Jonathan was winner of the MTAC VOCE State Competition
and MTAC Concerto Competition in 2012, for which he was invited
to perform solo with the New City Sinfonia of San Diego.
As a violinist, Jonathan received honorable mention in the
Southern California Mozart Youth Festival. Jonathan was principle
violist in the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) of Rancho
Bernardo, and is a member of a local chamber group that voluntarily
performs at retirement and convalescent residences.
Jonathan is attending USC Thornton School of Music, studying with Jim Walker. Jonathan was the 2015 recipient of the Thornton Faculty award, the most prestigious scholarship awarded to an undergraduate at the USC Thornton School of Music. He is also double majoring in biomedical engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering.