Jonathan Wisner


Hometown: Houston, Texas
Alma mater: University of Miami
Appearances: National Repertory Orchestra, Round Top Festival Institute, Aspen Music Festival, Los Angeles Philharmonic (sub), New World Symphony
Instagram: @jonlwisner
Musical origins: I began playing percussion at the age of 8 because when I heard a percussion section play for the first time I was fascinated by the sounds they were making. I immediately wanted to learn how to play all of the different percussion instruments.
Most fun piece to play: Anything by Steve Reich or Shostakovich
Favorite obscure piece: Satie’s Le Fils des étoiles (The Son of the Stars)
Favorite composer fact: Dvořák taught himself how to compose.
Favorite non-classical musician or band:
Charles Lloyd
Which composer would have had the best Twitter account: John Cage. He was such a brilliant philosopher, I could see him tweeting a ‘thought of the day’ sort of thing. Although he may not have been into social media.
Favorite fact about your instrument: One of the earliest records of timpani being played was in the 15th century. Members of the army would put the timpani on horseback and play before battle.
Last book read: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye
Favorite painting: Salvador Dalí’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus
Time travel destination: Paris, France in the early 20th century. There was so much amazing art and music being created during that time.