Jonathan Carney

Jonathan Carney is a violinist, violist, and conductor. Carney studied at the Juilliard School of Music with Christine Dethier and Ivan Galamian. He then moved to London on a Leverhulme Fellowship Award to study at the Royal College of Music with Trevor Williams.[1][2][3][4]

Carney grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey[5] and graduated from Tenafly High School.[6]


BSO Concertmaster Jonathan Carney is in his 18th season with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, after 12 seasons in the same position with London's Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Born in New Jersey, Mr. Carney hails from a musical family with all six members having graduated from The Juilliard School. After completing his studies with Ivan Galamian and Christine Dethier, he was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship to continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music.

After enjoying critically acclaimed international tours as both concertmaster and soloist with numerous ensembles, Mr. Carney was invited by Vladimir Ashkenazy to become concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1991. He was also appointed concertmaster of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in 1994 and the Basque National Orchestra in 1996. Recent solo performances have included concertos by Bruch, Korngold, Khatchaturian, Sibelius, Nielsen, the Brahms Double Concerto and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, which was featured as a live BBC broadcast from London's Barbican Hall. He has made a number of recordings, including concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi and Nielsen, sonatas by Brahms, Beethoven and Franck, and a disc of virtuoso works of by Sarasate and Kreisler with his mother Gloria Carney as pianist. New releases include Beethoven’s Archduke and Ghost trios, the cello quintet of Schubert and a Dvorak disc with the Terzetto and four Romantic pieces for violin.

Mr. Carney is passionate about music education and currently serves as Artistic Director for the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras.

Jonathan is presently on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center, an intensive seven-week summer music festival in the mountains of western North Carolina. As a sought after clinician he also gives master classes throughout the United States and abroad.

Mr. Carney performs on a 1687 Stradivarius, the Mercur-Avery, on which he uses "Vision" strings by Thomastik-Infeld. Mr.Carney's string sponsor is Connolly & Co., exclusive U.S. importer of Thomastik-Infeld strings.


  1. "Jonathan Carney: A concertmaster steps forward". Washington Examiner. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  2. Siegel, Steve. "Classical: Pennsylvania Sinfonia guest conductor Jonathan Carney also will solo on violin". The Morning Call. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  3. "First Violin". Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  4. Giuliano, Mike. "It's just Carney, Sharkey and the music for Sundays at Three". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  5. "BSO Concertmaster, Jonathan Carney, joins the faculty of Baltimore School for the Arts, will teach exceptional violin students in BSA’s music program beginning in the 2015-16 school year.", Baltimore School of the Arts, press released dated November 14, 2014. Accessed October 9, 2018. "He grew up in Tenafly, NJ in a family of six musicians, all of whom attended Juilliard."
  6. Rohan, Virginia. "Stars who went to Tenafly High School come home to raise money for their alma mater", The Record (Bergen County), June 5, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 9, 2014. Accessed October 9, 2018. "THS has also nurtured future stars from other areas of the performance world, including Baltimore Symphony concertmaster Jonathan Carney, stage designer James Youmans and actor, writer and longtime radio host Claude Knobler."
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