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Jonathan Chu

Jonathan Chu

Viola

Assistant Principal

Jonathan Chu will rejoin the St. Louis Symphony with the 2014-2015 season as Assistant Principal Viola.  He was previously a member of the St. Louis Symphony’s Second Violin section in the 2006-2007 season, and has been a member of both the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra viola sections.  Distinguished in chamber and orchestral music, he performs on both violin and viola. As a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra's viola section, he toured throughout Asia and Europe, and he has performed with many other ensembles including ECCO and Santa Fe Opera orchestras as a violinist, the Juilliard Orchestra as concertmaster, and the St. Paul and Orpheus chamber orchestras as guest principal. Mr. Chu has performed chamber music with the Musicians from Marlboro and in Caramoor's "Rising Stars" series. With the Fader Piano Quartet, he was a prizewinner at the Coleman Competition in Pasadena, CA. He is also a founding member of the Io String Quartet. Mr. Chu has attended festivals including Marlboro, Yellow Barn, and Taos, and has recorded with rock band Vampire Weekend as both violinist and violist. Mr. Chu attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of music degree along with a second major in economics, and received his master's degree at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Robert Mann. He plays on a violin made in 1823 by Nicolas Lupot, a gift from his former teacher Marianne Pashler, and a viola made in 2004 by Hiroshi Iizuka.