In 2022 Jonathan was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (New York) International Auditions held at Wigmore Hall.


YCAT artist Jonathan Leibovitz clarinet

He went on to receive the prestigious Arthur Waser Foundation and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra Award, and is also a top prize winner at major competitions in Israel and Europe, including 1st Prize at the prestigious Crusell Competition in Finland and a Special Prize at the Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark. Jonathan has also been announced as a Borletti-Buitoni Fellowship Artist 2024.

Highlights of Jonathan’s 23/24 season include performances at the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Berlin and Concertgebouw Amsterdam, plus numerous appearances in the UK, including at Saffron Hall, Wigmore Hall and St. George’s Bristol, as well as a concerto performance with the London Firebird Orchestra at St George’s Hanover Square. Jonathan will also complete his debut recording with Delphian Records, alongside violinist Charlotte Saluste-Bridoux and pianist Joseph Havlat.

Jonathan will also be appearing as both a soloist and in chamber performances throughout Europe and beyond, including Kiel Musikfreunde, Brandenburgische Sommerkonzerte and the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

In the 22/23 season Jonathan was nominated as a 2022 Rising Star Artist by Classic FM and appeared as soloist with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic Košice conducted by Tomaš Brauner, Jyväskylä Sinfonia conducted by Yoel Gamzou, and the Israel Sinfonietta. He also recorded and performed chamber music with Südwestrundfunk in Bruchsaal and gave concerts in the Verbier Festival, the Crusell, Rauna and Hauho Festivals in Finland.  

Jonathan also attended the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival in Australia and undertook a tour of Colombia. He performed with the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Rodolfo Barraez, and performed at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, where he will be returns this season.

Previous solo highlights include appearances with the Israel Philharmonic, Israel Chamber, Haifa Symphonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber, Lapland Chamber and Kuopio Symphony Orchestras working with conductors including Elena Schwarz, Adrien Perruchon and Tung-Chieh Chuang.

An avid chamber musician Jonathan founded the Avir Wind Quintet, and has collaborated with the ‘Mietar Ensemble’ and the Israeli Contemporary Players.  He has given recitals across Israel; in Germany, Switzerland and Finland.

Jonathan made his debut with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 18 performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. During the 2019/20 season he joined the Israel Philharmonic as a member, and has appeared as guest with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Israel Chamber and Jerusalem Camerata.

Born in Tel-Aviv in 1997, Jonathan’s musical education began with Eva Wasserman. He went on to study with Yevgeny Yehudin at the Buchmann Mehta School of Music where he won numerous awards including 1st Prize laureate of the Aviv Competition of the AICF (2020) and the Israeli Wind Competition (2016 & 2018). In 2022 Jonathan completed his Masters at the Music Academy in Basel with François Benda, and is currently staying on in Basel to complete a 'Master soloist' degree.

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Press reviews

"Leibovitz is a passionate communicator, mastering these showy, virtuosic variations with ease and fluency. He slipped easily from being centre-stage as an expressive soloist, to blending with the ensemble showing a new warm and sensitive tone, allowing solo violin melodies in particular to glow and project."

Classic Melbourne / Bendigo Chamber Music Festival / February 2023

"Bringing plenty of colour and agility to Spohr’s Fantasia and Variations on a Theme of Danzi, Leibovitz effortlessly negotiated its extremes of range, while riding its waves of tender lyricism and high romantic drama."

The Age Melbourne /  Bendigo Chamber Music Festival / February 2023

"From the very first note, there is a great artist on stage. He plays for the orchestra, not the other way around… It is one of those moments when the music plays itself, thanks in no small part to the way the soloist interacts with the orchestra….it is not only the technique that impresses. Everything sounds smooth and played with care, as it only sounds when a musician has really made a piece his own."

Luzerner Zeitung / KKL Lucerne Symphony Orchestra: Copland Concerto / November 2022


To book Jonathan please contact

Etta Dainty – Senior Artist Manager [email protected]

Adam Maxey - Assistant Artist Manager [email protected]

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