Where Are They Now? Conductor Jonathan DeBruyn

December 16, 2023

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All Classical Radio celebrates the 10th anniversary of On Deck with Young Musicians by following up with 10 of the musicians who were interviewed in the first season of the show. The series is hosted by All Classical intern Jahlysa Azaret.

Jonathan DeBruyn is a conductor and violinist based in Eugene, Oregon. In our tenth episode, Jonathan shares his thoughts on his past interview, his career, and a special performance with his wife, Saori Debruyn. He also shares advice for aspiring conductors.

In the below web-exclusive, Jonathan shares an entertaining story about his violin, which was gifted to him by the Make A Wish Foundation after his childhood cancer diagnosis.

Click here to hear Jonathan’s 2015 episode

Below is Jonathan’s 2023 bio:

Jonathan DeBruyn grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon in a musical household, and was exposed to classical music from a young age. He received his BM in Violin Performance from Portland State University, studying with Carol Sindell, and completed his MM in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Oregon with Dr. David Jacobs. He was a Conducting Fellow with the Eugene Symphony for the 2018-2019 season, and in 2021 was named a Faber Conducting Fellow with the American Austrian Foundation. In 2022 he was named the conductor of the “Young Artists Debut!” concerto competition. In 2023, he was named the Music Director of the Sunnyside Symphony, as well as the Artistic Director of the Salem Philharmonia. He has performed as a violinist with many local orchestras, including the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Newport Symphony, and the Eugene Symphony. He has conducted as far as Canada, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, reading, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He is the son of composer Randall DeBruyn.

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