The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Chair in Piano
The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz
Chair in Piano
Warren Jones enjoys a notably eclectic career that has taken him to virtually every corner of the musical world. He performs with some of today’s best-known artists such as Stephanie Blythe and Anthony Dean Griffey, and in the past has partnered such great singers as Marilyn Horne, Håkan Hagegård, Kathleen Battle, Samuel Ramey, Christine Brewer, Barbara Bonney, Carol Vaness, Judith Blegen, Salvatore Licitra, Tatiana Troyanos, Thomas Hampson, James Morris, and Martti Talvela—and appeared in concerts with the Juilliard, Borromeo, and Euclid string quartets.
A longtime faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music, Mr. Jones recently finished an appointment as Artist in Residence in Music at Rutgers University. Highlights of his upcoming itinerary include recitals with the new Metropolitan Opera star mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, and continued collaborations with Camerata Pacifica favorite baritone Andrew Garland. His 2019 schedule included a residency at the University of Colorado in Boulder during which he appeared in concert with members of the Takacs Quartet, and an appearance at the Toronto Summer Music art song festival as teacher and performer. In 2018 Mr. Jones was Artist in Residence in Opera at both New England Conservatory of Music and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; and that summer he began an innovative training program for young singers and pianists at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont and taught at the Miami Music Festival.
Mr. Jones received the Achievement Award from the Music Teachers National Association of America (their highest honor) and was selected as Collaborative Pianist of the Year by the publication Musical America. He has been an invited guest at the White House to perform at state dinners in honor of the leaders of Canada, Russia, and Italy; and three times a guest of the Justices of the United States Supreme Court for musical afternoons in the East Conference Room at the Court.
As a musical jurist, he has wide experience: the First China International Music Competition (Piano), the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, the Montreal International Vocal Competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the Naumberg Awards. Currently he serves as a Faculty Member of the Board of Trustees at the Manhattan School of Music.
His discography contains more than thirty recordings on every major label in a wide range of classical, romantic, and contemporary repertory. As an opera conductor in recent years, his work is similarly varied: he has led sold-out critically-acclaimed performances of Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart’s Die Zauberfloete, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, and Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, and in 2014 he conducted the world premiere of a new operatic version of A Christmas Carol at the Houston Grand Opera.