Artist Faculty, Percussion
Jonathan Fox currently serves as Principal Percussionist and Associate Principal Timpanist of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, where he has played since 2000. He has also appeared with ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa (Japan), and Miss Saigon on Broadway. His recordings of both traditional and contemporary solo and orchestral literature can be heard on the Albany, BIS, Delos, RCA Victor, and Varèse Sarabande labels.
In response to Fox’s world première recording of Zhou Long’s percussion concerto “Da Qu” (BIS CD-1322), International Record Review (UK) stated that “Jonathan Fox displays breathtaking virtuosity as he scoots around the vast array of percussion instruments.” Composer Zhou Long lauded Jonathan’s “artistry in giving the concerto its finest interpretation.” Fellow composer Chen Yi cited Fox’s rendition of the concerto as “energetic, precise, fresh, and powerful.” Art Lange of Fanfare Magazine summarized the disc as “exotic and vibrant” as well as “audience-wowing”.
Jonathan has also appeared as a solo percussionist numerous other times, including appearances as featured artist at Milton Babbitt’s 80th birthday celebration, in the presence of the renowned composer (Carlisle, PA), with the Seattle Symphony (Seattle, WA), and with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (Singapore), with whom he presented the Asian première of Thea Musgrave’s six-mallet marimba concerto “Journey Through a Japanese Landscape.” According to The Inkpot (Singapore), Fox performed the Musgrave work “with focused confidence and a quiet, unassuming intensity.” For his efforts in Seattle, Musicweb International called him “a talented and charmingly personable percussionist” and The Seattle Post-Intelligencer called his playing “superb.”
In addition to his responsibilities as Percussion Department Chair at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Jonathan Fox is an active concert and marching recitalist, clinician, and adjudicator across North America and Asia. He has also been a part-time instructor for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps (Allentown, PA). Jonathan endorses several major manufactures including Evans (drum heads), Marimba One (marimbas), Vic Firth (implements), and Zildjian (cymbals).
Fox received his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School (New York, NY) in 1994, where he studied with Roland Kohloff, former Principal Timpanist of the New York Philharmonic. In 1992, Fox graduated from Boston University (Boston, MA), summa cum laude, where he worked privately with former Boston Symphony Orchestra percussionist Thomas Gauger. Previously, Jonathan studied for six years with celebrated Boston area teacher and arranger, Neil Larrivee.