Jonathan López is a Mexican-American clarinetist from El Paso, Texas. His began playing at age 11 and studied with Lavinia Richards from the age of 14. Jonathan has received numerous awards and honors. He was featured on WQXR and NPR’s From the Top, where he was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award. Jonathan participated in Carnegie Hall’s National Youth Orchestra, its sister program, the National Youth Orchestra 2, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Music in the Mountains Festival; working closely with renowned clarinetists Benjamin Lulich, Ricardo Morales, Stephen Williamson, James Campbell, and Alain Desgagné. He has participated in masterclasses with Giora Feidman, Julian Bliss, Richard Hawkins, Kari Kriikku, Michelle Anderson and Corrado Guiffredi.
His numerous solo performances include concerts with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, the El Paso Wind Symphony, the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Vancouver Welsh Men’s Choir, and now, the Pacific Symphonic Wind Ensemble. An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has performed Mozart’s Gran Partita with musicians of the Vancouver Opera and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet with musicians of the El Paso del Norte Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also co-founder of the award-winning Genesis Trio. Jonathan earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of British Columbia, studying with Jose Franch-Ballester and is now headed to the Yale School of Music to pursue a master’s degree under David Shifrin. Jonathan performs on Backun Canada clarinets.