Jonathan Lee is one of two young cellists who joined the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) in 2014.
He earned a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) in 2016. He presently is enrolled at UC in an MBA program.
Jonathan is the son of musical parents; his mother is a violinist with the New Mexico Philharmonic and also a CCM graduate. His father is a violist and was a member of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra until leaving to focus on his engineering career.
Jonathan began playing cello at age four after trying the violin and made his solo debut playing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16.
An avid chamber musician, he has performed on numerous concert series and music festivals including the Pacific Music Festival and the National Orchestra Institute. He has studied chamber music with members of the LaSalle, Johannes and Ariel Quartets.
Jonathan was a member of the Lyseon Piano Trio, which received the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Award for 2014–2015. His primary cello teachers have been Ilya Finkelshteyn, Principal Cellist of the Cincinnati Symphony, and Dr. David Schepps, Professor of Cello at the University of New Mexico.