Guitar in the Gallery
Originally a violinist, Jonathan Zwi began the classical guitar at the age of 18 when he found a passion for the instrument during his undergraduate studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he completed his Bachelor of Music degree under the direction of José Antonio López, Julio Ribeiro and Ernesto Bitetti. In addition to his degree in Music, Jonathan also received degrees in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. He was the recipient of several research fellowships at both Indiana and Yale University, including a grant from the NIH that led to a major publication, and has presented his work at numerous research conferences across the United Sates.
In June of 2007, Zwi moved to Brazil to focus on the guitar and re-identify with his heritage and in July he won first place in the 1st Eustáquio Grilo Interational Guitar Competition. As part of his award he toured Brazil, performing concerts in the cities of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.
During his time in Brazil, Zwi was a student at the School of Music at the Federal University of Bahia under the guidance of Mario Ulloa. He was also enrolled in the University's School of Fine Arts, specializing in printmaking, silkscreen and photography, and has shown his work in various exhibits and galleries throughout Salvador, Bahia. He has continued to exhibit his work upon returning to the United States.
Jonathan Zwi completed his Master's degree at the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University under the guidance of Ray Chester and is currently pursuing a Graduate Performance Diploma under Manuel Barrueco.