Jonathan Thompson is a Mexican-American international recitalist, collaborator, scholar, and educator based in Dallas, Texas. He has performed as a recitalist in Mexico, Spain, and across the United States. His artistic mission is to engage audiences in performance, with a focus in presenting new works as well as fresh takes on classic works. He thoughtfully creates engaging programs and features talented composers and performers outside the musical mainstream.
Thompson is the oboist for Fonema Consort, an exciting contemporary chamber ensemble based in Chicago, Illinois. Fonema Consort is focused on commissioning and performing avant-garde chamber works for voice and instruments, primarily of Latin American composers. With Fonema, Thompson has performed in collegiate residencies around the Midwest and is featured on Fifth Tableau, Fonema's upcoming second album.
Thompson is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Presser Graduate Award, a $10,000 grant for music graduate students. With the grant, Thompson has traveled to Mexico City to conduct dissertation research as well as to perform his international debut solo recital at the Facultad de Música UNAM. In the 2018-2019 school year, he will be recording an album of previously unrecorded Mexican music for the oboe, featuring some pieces written for him.
Thompson is currently working on his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, studying with Professor James Ryon. He serves as the oboe studio Teaching Fellow, teaching secondary oboe students and reed-making classes, as well as coaching student chamber groups. He also teaches privately in the DFW area.
He has given many world and US premieres: in solo performance in the United States and Mexico, with Fonema Consort, the Northwestern University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and at the University of North Texas. Thompson has participated in masterclasses with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King, Erin Hannigan, Drew Perry, Paquito D’Rivera, Dr. Deloris Deloach and the Dorian Wind Quintet. He has performed with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Salt Creek Ballet, the South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Thompson received both his master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in oboe performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Scott Hostetler, Michael Henoch, Robert Morgan, and Grover Schiltz. Upon graduation, he became the first recipient of the Ray Still Award.