SFS member since: 1991
Hometown: Springfield, MA
Music schools you attended: Oberlin, Northwestern University
Began playing music: At age 7
Musical inspirations: My mother, and hearing great music when I was young.
If I were not a professional musician, I might be a: A recording engineer or jazz/rock keyboard player
Favorite composers: Mahler, Strauss, Ravel, Bruce Broughton, Shostakovich, Respighi
Favorite works featuring my instrument: Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, Respighi; Roman Festivals; Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks and An Alpine Symphony; any Mahler symphony!
When I’m not working, I enjoy: Hiking with my family, playing keyboards and composing
On my CD player/iPod: A lot of progressive rock, funk and jazz, music from the Jewish diaspora, lots of obscure composers and artists
Favorite things to do in the Bay Area: Hiking and eating (because of all the great opportunities we have here)
Plus: Also performs with Bay Brass, and is featured on the ensemble’s Grammy® award-nominated CD of American music, Sound the Bells!
Jonathan Ring has served as a Symphony mentor in the SF Symphony Community of Music Makers program.