...Jonathan Shames is artistic director of opera and director of orchestras at the University of Oklahoma, as well as music director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra.
A frequent guest of the Opera Company of Boston
has conducted the Louisiana Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony, and Sewanee Music Festival, among other ensembles.An enthusiastic exponent of contemporary music, Jonathan Shames
led the Contemporary Directions Ensemble at the University of Michigan
and premiered works of Betsy Jolas, Stephen Hartke, Daniel Asia and Joel-Francois Durand.
shares the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Recording for the University of Michigan recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience."
maintains a career as a concert pianist, launched after a prize-winning performance in the final round of the 1982 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition.He
has performed in Russia, Finland, Germany, and Korea, as well as throughout the U.S.