Jonathan Bartz (b. 1986, Beloit, Wisc.) is a concert and film composer currently residing in Los Angeles.
Jonathan studied composition with Dr. Timothy Mahr and Dr. Justin Merritt at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. where he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition in 2008. He also had the privilege of being accepted into the European American Music Alliance where he spent time studying with Dr. Robert Beaser (Juilliard School of Music) and Narcis Bonet (first generation disciple of Nadia Boulanger) in Paris, France. He then attended the University of Southern California’s graduate program in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television.
Jonathan has been fortunate enough to dip his toes in several areas of the contemporary film music scene. In addition to composing scores for several feature films, he has orchestrated for various legendary film composers including Alan Silvestri, John Debney, Mark Isham, John Dickson and Brian Tyler and continues to actively work for some of the industry’s most in-demand composers. During his two-year assistantship to composer Brian Tyler (Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Fast Five, Expendables, etc) he had the privilege of conducting the studio orchestra for the T.V. show Terra Nova at the Alfred Newman Recording Stage at 20th Century Fox Studios. Jonathan has professionally mocked up scores for John Williams (Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, E.T., Harry Potter, etc.) Alan Silvestri (Back to the Future series, Forrest Gump, Captain America, The Avengers, etc.) and Esa-Pekka Solonen (Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra in London and Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic).
Brief selection of film credits include: Iron Man 3, 86th Academy Awards, Warrior, Night at the Museum 3, The Expendables 2, Alien’s in the Attic, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Terra Nova etc.
In addition to the silver screen, Jonathan also writes for the concert stage. His arrangements have been heard at Carnegie Hall under the baton of Steven Reineke and the New York City Pops. He has arranged music for Broadway singer Cheyenne Jackson (Glee, 30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm) as well as for several cruise shows. His original symphonic concert band piece The Valley of the Dry Bones received honorable mention in the 2008 ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Competition. His work, Tall Tales: Pecos Bill was commissioned by the Arkansas State University Wind Ensemble (dir. Dr. Timothy Oliver) and was premiered at the 2010 CBDNA Southwestern Conference in Las Cruces, New Mexico. His newest piece, Diary of Private Lives was commissioned and premiered by the St. Olaf College Band (dir. Dr. Timothy Mahr) on their 2011 domestic tour. For his work Concertino for Bassoon, Piano and Three Strings, Jonathan won the 2010 BCMCC (Bassoon Chamber Music Composition Competition) as well as the Soli fan Tutti Composition Competition in Darmstadt Germany.
Works for Winds
- Ride The Wind (2023)
- Diary of Private Lives (2010)
- Tall Tales: Pecos Bill (2010)
- Dreams Of Atlantis (2010)
- The Valley of the Dry Bones (2007)