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|Jonathan plays the excerpt||00h:04m:20s|
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|Preparing for auditions: focus on fewer excerpts per day||00h:06m:40s|
Jonathan Vinocour, Principal Viola of the San Francisco Symphony, gives his advice on playing Mendelssohn's Scherzo
Jonathan Vinocour joined the San Francisco Symphony as Principal Violist in 2009, having previously served as principal violist of the Saint Louis Symphony and guest principal violist of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. A native of Rochester, NY, Mr. Vinocour graduated from Princeton University in 2001 with a degree in chemistry and was awarded the university’s Sudler Prize in the Arts. He completed his master’s degree in 2003 at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kim Kashkashian.
As a soloist, Mr. Vinocour has appeared with the Saint Louis Symphony and with the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel. His first solo album, featuring works of Britten and Shostakovich, was recorded with the support of the Holland America Music Society. Mr. Vinocour was also a featured recitalist at the 2012 International Viola Congress, and he performs frequently in recital throughout the Bay Area.
Mr. Vinocour has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro. He has also participated in numerous other festivals, including the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Mr. Vinocour has been a guest of the Boston Chamber Music Society and International Sejong Soloists and he has collaborated with artists such as Paula Robison, Yefim Bronfman, Gilbert Kalish, Miriam Fried, Yo-Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, and members of the Amadeus, Arditti, Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Jupiter, Mendelssohn, and Orion string quartets. He is a founding member and regular performer with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), based in New York.
Mr. Vinocour has presented master classes at conservatories around the country and abroad. He is a regular coach at the New World Symphony in Miami and is also on the faculty of the newly formed San Francisco Academy Orchestra’s Artist Diploma program for orchestral training. He plays a 1784 Lorenzo Storioni viola, on loan from the San Francisco Symphony.