Celebrated as a “fresh presence,” and “fully alive” (Washington Post), Jonathan King is Associate Conductor for The Washington Chorus and teaches at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he coaches and conducts with Peabody Opera Theatre. He has previously served as assistant conductor, chorus master, and junior lecturer with Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland, and has prepared choirs to work with eminent conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, and Gianandrea Noseda.
As “a deft and sensitive accompanist” (Chicago Tribune), King has served as répétiteur with the National Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Opera, Opera Baltimore, Intermountain Opera Bozeman, Opera Saratoga, the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Unlimited Series, and at the Oregon Bach Festival, where he also served as assistant conductor to John Nelson during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. As a collaborative pianist, King has worked with celebrated singers including J’Nai Bridges, John Holiday, and Will Liverman. As a duo, King and Liverman have recorded with Deutsche Grammophon and Odradek Records, and maintain an active recital schedule. They have appeared on historic world stages including Wigmore Hall, the Aspen Summer Music Festival, and the Kennedy Center’s Opera House, and their album, Whither Must I Wander (Odradek, 2020), was named one of ten “Best Classical Recordings of 2020” by the Chicago Tribune, and received a Critic’s Choice Award by Opera News.
King holds two Master of Music degrees in piano chamber music and choral conducting from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor or Music degree from Wheaton College (IL).