Cellist Jonathan Simmons is currently pursuing a masters degree in Cello Performance from Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music studying with Wendy Warner. He recently graduated from Bob Jones University summa cum laude with a BMus in Cello Performance studying with Dr. Yuriy Leonovich. At BJU he served as co-principal cellist of the Bob Jones University Orchestra and was twice the recipient of the William McEver String Scholarship. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras in Tennessee and South Carolina with a performance of David Popper’s Hungarian Rhapsody in the Greenville, SC Peace Center and multiple performances of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in D Major. In 2016 Jonathan was a winner of the Tennessee Cello Workshop Concerto Competition at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Jonathan has attended the Cincinnati Young Artists Chamber Music Festival as a Conservatory Fellow as well as the Masterworks Performing Arts Festival. In his native Greenville, SC, he has given recitals at Buncombe Street UMC and in Bob Jones University’s War Memorial Chapel. He has collaborated in recital with Jacob Bernhardt and organist Catie Moyer. During the 2019 season, he will perform on the FESTIVA concert series in Greenwood, SC again with Catie Moyer. His teachers include Dr. Christopher Hutton, Martha Brons, and Sharon Mulfinger Gerber. He has taken lessons and masterclasses with Zuil Bailey, Melissa Kraut, Alan Rafferty, Richard Weiss, David Kim, Peter Stumpf, Leo Altino Wesley Baldwin, Brooks Whitehouse, Lawrence Stomberg, Greg Sauer, Robert Jesselson, Miles Hoffman, the American Chamber Players, and the Rawlins Piano Trio among others.
Jonathan performs with the Columbus Symphony and the LaGrange Symphony and has taught at a number of studios including Musical Innovations Conservatory, Pinner Studios, Distinctive Music Studios, Majesty Music Academy, and the Schwob School of Music Preparatory Division. His teaching experience includes teaching live online lessons to students as far away as Australia. His current and former students are music majors in college and perform with youth orchestras across the southeast.