Award winning pianist Jonathan Cruz started his piano instruction at the age of four. At age six, he entered and won his first piano competition while competing in an age group designed for nine and ten year-olds. Since then, he has won and received top awards in many other competitions including the WPTA Finland International Piano Competition, WC International Piano Competition, Emilio del Rosario Piano Concerto Competition, Music Teacher’s National Association Competition, Audrey Thayer Piano Competition, and Society of American Musicians Competition.
In 2004, Jonathan went on to study at The Music Institute of Chicago under the tutelage of the beloved Emilio del Rosario, who passed away due to cancer shortly after. Two years later he received a scholarship to be a part of The Music Institute of Chicago Academy program for gifted pre-college musicians, where he immediately stood out as a phenomenon. Jonathan gave his orchestral debut performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto at the age of eleven. The next year he gave his debut performance at the Ravinia Festival and was invited back to perform the following year a two piano duet with Ravinia Festival's President and CEO, Welz Kauffman. Since then, Jonathan has studied under Marta Aznavoorian (Lincoln Trio), Winston Choi (Roosevelt University), Fabio Witkowski (The Hotchkiss School),
and Leonel Morales. Jonathan has performed extensively across the United States and Europe, with notable performances at Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Tanglewood Festival, Ravinia Festival, Young Steinway Concert Series, the Orsanmichele in Florence, La Fortaleza in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, among many others.
Jonathan has also studied privately and had masterclasses with Boris Berman, Olga Kern, Luis de Moura Castro, John Perry, Leon Fleisher, and Lang Lang. In addition, he has worked with the Brentano Quartet, Ying Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Miro Quartet, Miami String Quartet, Lincoln Trio, and the Pacifica Quartet.
Jonathan is a full scholarship student currently studying at University of Miami Frost School of music under the guidance of Tian Ying, Naoko Takao, and Santiago Rodriguez.