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 of the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. A native of Rochester, New York, 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 Orchestra under maestros Hans Graf and Nicholas McGegan and regularly with the San Francisco Symphony. His first solo album, featuring works of Britten and Shostakovich, was recorded with the support of the Holland America Music Society after he won the Society’s Competition prior to joining the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Vinocour was also a featured recitalist at the 2012 International Viola Congress and enjoys recital opportunities around the San Francisco Bay Area each season.
As an increasingly active pedagogue, Vinocour has presented master classes at conservatories around the country and abroad. He is a regular coach at the New World Symphony in Miami, has been on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School, and recently joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
An avid chamber musician, Mr. Vinocour can be heard regularly on the San Francisco Symphony’s Chamber Music Series at Davies Hall, and on the Florence Gould Series at the Legion of Honor. He has been a regular participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured extensively with Musicians from Marlboro in past seasons; he has participated in numerous other festivals, including the Steans Institute at the Ravinia Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Mainly Mozart, Music in the Vineyards, Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Seattle Chamber Music and the Aspen Music Festival. Mr. Vinocour has been a guest of the Da Camera Society of Los Angeles, the Boston Chamber Music Society and International Sejong Soloists and collaborated with artists such as Paula Robison, Yefim Bronfman, Gilbert Kalish, Miriam Fried, Yo Yo Ma, Jaime Laredo, and the Saint Lawrence String Quartet. He is a founding member and regular performer with ECCO (East Coast Chamber Orchestra), a conductor-less chamber ensemble based in New York. Mr. Vinocour plays on a viola made by Lorenzo Storioni in 1784 on kind loan from the San Francisco Symphony.