Jonathan Mak


Jonathan Mak attends the 2022 TSM Academy courtesy of the Darius Bagli Fellowship.

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Pianist Jonathan Mak began studying piano at the age of three with Aster Lai. A year later, Jonathan made his solo debut with the Canadian Sinfonietta orchestra at the age of four. Since then, he has been a guest soloist with numerous orchestras, most notably the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in Bulgaria, the Manchester Camerata, and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra. In recent years, Jonathan has given recitals as a soloist and with orchestras in Italy, Bulgaria, Manchester, China, Vienna, and Poland. Jonathan is one of the recipients of the 2021 Sylva Gelber Music Foundation Award. 

An avid chamber musician, Jonathan has been invited to perform at various festivals including the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound, Ottawa Chamberfest, and the Edinburgh International Festival. Jonathan has attended various summer festivals, including the Aspen Summer Music Festival, Kneisel Hall Music Festival, and the Sarasota Music Festival. In the summer of 2017, Jonathan was part of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada as an Award of Excellence winner.  Returning to the orchestra in 2018, Jonathan joined NYOC on their European tour as a recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts-Michael Measures Prize. 

This fall, Jonathan will begin his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Rice University Shepherd School of Music with Jon Kimura Parker. Jonathan holds a Master’s of Music and a Master’s of Musical Arts degree from the Yale School of Music, studying with Boris Slutsky. He received his Bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Dr. Daniel Shapiro.  In addition to the piano, Jonathan also received a viola minor degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music with Ms. Lisa Boyko, and a German minor from Case Western Reserve University. 

Jonathan has performed in masterclasses with Boris Berman, Lang Lang, André Laplante, Robert Levin, Jon Kimura Parker, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Jahja Ling, Asaf Zohar, the Montrose Trio, and the Emerson String Quartet. 

Jonathan will be participating in the 16th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas in June 2022.