Dr. Jonathan Shapiro is an advocate for new music and an active performer of solo and chamber works for percussion. Based in northern Germany, he is the percussionist for the Decoder Ensemble and RADAR ensemble. He appears frequently as a guest performer with such ensembles as MusikFabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Zafraan Ensemble, and the oh ton-ensemble. Jonathan has also performed with such groups as the Percussionists of the New York Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound, Signal, Newband, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, International Ensemble Modern Akademie, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars
Jonathan holds degrees from the Interlochen Arts Academy (HS), Manhattan School of Music (BM), SUNY Stony Brook (MM, DMA) and the Musikhochschule La¼beck (Advanced Studies). Jonathan has given lectures on contemporary percussion literature at the Shanghai Conservatory, Poznan Conservatory, SUNY Stony Brook and the Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar. Jonathan is an endorser for Black Swamp Percussion, Mike Balter Mallets, and Zildjian Cymbals.