Jonathan Hess

Lecturer, Percussion & Drums

A specialist in contemporary percussion, Jonathan has been praised for his “power and finesse" by the Boston Classical Review and his "exacting milieus" by the Boston Globe. He is a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group (BPeG) and has been featured with Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, Dinosaur Annex and Monadnock Music. Jonathan has performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP Sound) and plays in the pit for Boston's Odyssey Opera. In addition to his work in contemporary music, he is the timpanist for Grand Harmonie - an ensemble dedicated to inventive and compelling performances of 19th century art music on historical instruments. He has also performed and recorded with Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Canto Armonico and Cambridge Concentus. In 2014, Jonathan toured Japan as timpanist for the Boston Chamber Orchestra and recently played drum set for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus' historic trip through the Middle East. He lives in Boston with his wife Sonja and their dog, Leila.