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Mr. Jonathan Shames

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Shumsky Music
5400 N. Glenwood
Chicago , Illinois 60640
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • graduate degree
    University of Michigan
  • bachelor's degree , philosophy
    Yale University
  • bachelor's degree Degree , philosophy
    Yale University
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Web References
Shumsky Music Recordings, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Jonathan Shames, Pianist
All American Singers Advisors, 19 Nov 2014 [cached]
Jonathan Shames Musical Advisor Jonathan Shames is Music Director and Conductor of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, as well as Artistic Director of the University of Oklahoma Opera Theater and Director of Orchestral Studies at the OU School of Music. Shames was previously Associate Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan where he received a Grammy Award for his work on the recent recording of William Bolcom's Songs of Innocence and Experience. As a pianist, he has appeared as soloist with the Boston Pops orchestra. Since winning a finalist diploma in the 1982 Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition, Shames has performed in France, Finland, South Korea and the former Soviet Union, as well as across the United States. He has recorded with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, toured with the Radio and Television Orchestra of Belgrade.
SYSO: page title, 31 Dec 2011 [cached]
Jonathan Shames 1994 - 2002
In 1994 Jonathan Shames was named the SYSO's fourth Music Director. Shames balanced the demands of SYSO Music Director with his career as a concert pianist.
Shames' performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" are particularly remembered by Seattle audiences.
Welcome to Backstage, 2 Mar 2001 [cached]
(November 9, 2000) -- According to a Seattle Times article on Nov. 2, Jonathon Shames, director of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra announced his resignation, effective August 2001.Shames has been with the highly acclaimed youth symphony for seven years.
Seattle Times reports that the move will allow Shames, a pianist and the founding director of the Boston Players, the time to follow "special projects and long-term musical goals," he told Seattle Times.Shames will leave the symphony after the Marrowstone Music Festival.
Shames explains his move to the Seattle Times, "I've felt for a couple of years that I needed to attain my personal goals, and I really miss piano playing.I'm still a conductor and probably will take another conducting position, but I want to conduct more from my piano."
Shames has yet to take a new position and told Seattle Times, "I have to be open to what is coming up next."Shames and his wife Stephanie Leon may relocate in Boston allowing him to spend more time with the Boston Players giving him the opportunity to perform in Europe.
Editor's Note: Backstage conducted an interview with Shames in June:
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Oklahoma Arts Institute, 25 Dec 2007 [cached]
Jonathan Shames
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, he 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.
Shames shares the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Recording for the University of Michigan recording of William Bolcom's "Songs of Innocence and Experience."
Shames 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.
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