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Jonathan Haas is the President of Gemini Music Productions, the largest employer of musicians in New York contracting musicians for Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall’s New York Pops, the Emmy award winning All Star Orchestra and the Little Orchestra Society. Jonathan is recognized worldwide for his performances of the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for two timpanists and orchestra, which he commissioned and has performed sixty five times, around the world. In his quest to showcase the timpani in unusual musical settings, Johnny H and the Prisoners of Swing features innovative renderings of "hot jazz timpani" in front of a full jazz ensemble.
Jonathan is the principal percussionist of the American Symphony, timpanist of the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, and a member of the American Composers Orchestra. Recently granted a Full Professorship at NYU, Haas is the director of the NYU Percussion Program, conductor of the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, chair of the Juilliard Pre-College percussion studio, faculty/artist at the Bard Conservatory and he has been artist-faculty for thirty seasons at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Mr. Haas has performed with Emerson Lake and Palmer, Aerosmith, the Grammy Award winning Zappa’s Universe and many other innovative contemporary artists.