Jonathan Colbert

Double Bass

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  • The Juilliard School, 2008
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, Manhattan School of Music, 2007


Born in Atlanta, Ga, Jonathan has had a successful international career in the United States and Europe. Jonathan has performed extensively in Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, and the United States. Jonathan is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, received a diploma from The Juilliard School, and attended Interlochen Arts Camp as the Emerson Scholar for the state of Georgia. He has performed/held positions with the Atlanta Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Hartford Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Chineke! Orchestra and with The Royal Danish Opera Orchestra. Jonathan has also served as the Principal Bass of the Sphinx Virtuosi.

Jonathan is an award winner in numerous competitions, including the International Society of Bassists orchestral competition and the BassEurope orchestral competition. Jonathan has been a member of the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2005. His teachers include the late Ralph Jones, Timothy Cobb, Leigh Mesh, and Al Lazslo.

Jonathan is also in high demand as a teacher. He has a thriving private studio, is the double bass professor at Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College, and is also the bass teacher at the Atlanta Music Project. In 2016, Jonathan was an inaugural coach for Carnegie Halls NYO2 orchestra.

In addition to significant accomplishments in his musical career, the 2009 American Council on Germany's young leaders program selected Jonathan to attend their yearly gathering in Berlin, with other distinguished professionals, including Angela Merkel. Most recently, Jonathan and his wife started HavenHyggeHouse (a Scandinavian-inspired community space for children and caregivers to come together to create community and find friendship).