Jonathan Barlow received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in classical guitar performance from the University of Denver (DU). Jonathan graduated with top honors. During his studies he was awarded: First Prize in the Lamont Chamber Music Competition, two Recital of Distinction Awards, The Dean’s Scholarship, membership in the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society and a Graduate Teaching Assistantship the duties of which included teaching guitar lessons at DU for 2 years. Jonathan was also invited to perform in DU’s Thirteenth Annual Provost Concert 2007 and in the most prestigious concert at the University of Denver, the annual Showcase Lamont in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. After Jonathan graduated, he was invited to be a guest lecturer at DU in a career workshop entitled “Entrepreneurship in Music” to speak about his professional activities.
Jonathan performs roughly 50 times a year at events ranging from concerts to background music. His booking is provided by Masterful Musicians and Lucky 15/Party Singers LA|Denver|New York. Jonathan has performed for various concert series: “In Concert: Classical Music in the Valley,” the “Lamont Subscription Concert Series,” the Allied Arts, Inc. “Orville Moore Endowment Annual Concert” and “The Fine Arts Foundation, Citizen of the Arts Jubilee.” He also performed in the “Artists of Tomorrow Concert Series” at the Bowdoin International Music Festival where he attended on full scholarship. Jonathan performed at the 40th International Horn Symposium and several times for the Denver Japanese Consulate’s celebration of Emperor Akihito’s birthday. Jonathan has performed in master classes for Benjamin Verdery, Richard Wright, Stephen Goss, Gilbert Biberian, and Eliot Fisk. He also performed in a master class for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in which they called the performance “one of the best we’ve heard in years.” Jonathan has studied personally with some of the world’s most respected guitar composers for whom he has premiered several works including the U.S.A. Premiers of Under Milk Wood Songs and Gnossiennes, after Erik Satie by Stephen Goss and the World Premier of Baiãotude by Richard Boukas. Several magazines and newspapers have written about Jonathan including Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America, DU Today, Colorado Serenity Magazine and The Wet Mountain Tribune. Jonathan has also been seen performing on KUSA-TV. He has performed for notable people like Governor of Colorado Bill Owens and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. During the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Jonathan performed at an event attended by Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, and Joe Biden.
Jonathan founded a group called Massif Trio to perform his arrangements of 19th century German art songs (Lied) for two guitars and voice. Massif Trio has received various honors including a grant and the “Orville Moore Memorial Award” presented by The Allied Arts, Inc. in recognition of their achievement in German Lied. They recorded an album Massif Trio plays Schumann, Schubert and Strauss with Azica Records whose roster includes such greats as Jason Vieaux, David Leisner and Grammy-winner Bill Cunliffe. The album is distributed internationally by Naxos. In addition to receiving internet radio play on Pandora, Last.FM, Rdio and Spotify, the CD has been featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio KNOW-FM 91.1. It has received reviews by the American Record Guide and All Music Guide; it was listed as a “Significant New Classical Release” and reviewed as “a masterful performance filled with keen musical insight, evocative text painting, and enticing sound quality (4.5 out of 5 stars).”
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Jonathan is an active composer and arranger. He has titles published with Clear Note Publications, Classical Vocal Reprints, Abundant Silence Publishing, Lathkill Music Publishers, and Musik Fabrik (Editions de la Fabrique Musique). He has also been published in Soundboard: The Journal of the Guitar Foundation of America. The magazine published one of Jonathan’s arrangements and wrote a brief article about him and his work. His work has been called “fabulous” by Guitarnotes, ”superb” by Steve Marsh of Classical Guitar Magazine, and “tasteful, impeccably written and exceptionally enjoyable” by Mike D. Brownell of Rovi Music. Jonathan’s original score Uproot – which became the first movement of his Idioglossia suite - was chosen as a winner in the 6th Annual Colorado Composers Concert Competition and was premiered by the Playground Ensemble at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. The recording of that premier was also featured in the Playground Ensemble’s e-newsletter. The internationally respected Spanish Guitar Centre in Nottingham UK selected one of Jonathan’s editions as their Book of the Week. A growing number of distinguished libraries carry his scores including the University of Cincinnati, University of Denver, Oberlin College, Cleveland Institute of Music, Johns Hopkins, San Francisco Conservatory, CU Boulder, Yale University, Cornell University, McGill University (Canada), the Royal College of Music (London), the Library of Congress, and Juilliard.
Jonathan is proud to be endorsed by Godin Guitars and Steve Clayton Guitar Picks. These fine companies also endorse notable musicians like Roger Waters from Pink Floyd (Godin) and Gavin Rossdale of Bush (Steve Clayton Picks).
Jonathan is a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys). His performance rights are administered by SoundExchange and the American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He was a Finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards and a three-time winner of the ASCAP Plus Award which provides funding in recognition of “creative contributions to American music.”