Jonathan Leshnoff (b. 8 September 1973, New Brunswick, N.J.) is an American composer.
Praised by the Washington Post as one of the “gifted young composers” of this generation, Jonathan Leshnoff is described by The New York Times as “a leader of contemporary American lyricism.” His compositions have earned international acclaim for their striking harmonies, structural complexity, and powerful themes.
The Baltimore-based composer’s works have been performed by more than 50 orchestras worldwide in hundreds of orchestral concerts. He has received commissions from Carnegie Hall and orchestras including the Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, and Nashville Symphonies, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the IRIS and Philadelphia Orchestras. Leshnoff’s compositions have been performed by classical music’s most celebrated stars, such as Gil and Orli Shaham, Roberto Díaz, and Manuel Barrueco, and have been conducted and embraced by esteemed music directors including Marin Alsop, Giancarlo Guerrero, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robert Spano, and Michael Stern.
Leshnoff’s catalog is vast, including several symphonies and oratorios in addition to numerous concerti, solo, and chamber works.
Leshnoff is a Professor of Music at Towson University.
Works for Winds
- Clarinet Concerto (2016)
- Concerto for Five Percussionists and Band (2011)
- Eight Nights of Light
- Rush (arr. Cicconi) (2008/2016)
- Starburst (trans. Nowlin) (2010/2018)
- Cornet, Patricia. "Starburst." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 12, Compiled and edited by Andrew Trachsel, 1039-1049. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2021.
- Jonathan Leshnoff website Accessed 6 February 2017