Jonah Park Ellsworth is one of two winners in the 2009 Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. He will be performing the first movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in Pro Arte’s Wunderkinds of Music subscription concert on November 29, 2009.
Jonah is fifteen years old and attends the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, where he is in the 10th grade. He started playing the cello at age 5 and is now a student of Natasha Brofsky at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School after studying previously with Andrew Mark for 7 years. Jonah is the winner in Category B of Concerto Competition 2007 at the New England Conservatory Prep School and performed the Elgar Concerto with the Youth Symphony Orchestra in Jordan Hall in June of 2008. Jonah recently appeared on the PBS TV show From the Top, which was taped live in Carnegie Hall in New York City in March of 2008 and has been broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.
Jonah is a member of the Vivace Trio at NEC. He also plays in the Harlow String Quartet at NEC with his brother, Paris Ellsworth, and friends. They performed recently with Hilary Hahn on From the Top.
Jonah is a member of his family piano trio, which includes his brother Paris and his mother, Heng-Jin Park, a professional pianist. During summer months, he has attended the International Musical Arts Institute in Maine, the Greenwood Music Camp, and the Meadowmount School of Music.
Jonah is a member of the cello section of the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Benjamin Zander at the NEC Prep School. In the summer of 2007, he toured Greece with the YS orchestra of NEC. Jonah has won Division A of the NEC Prep Concerto competition and the 12 and under category of the New England Ensemble Concerto Competition, as well as the Brockton Symphony Concerto Competition and the Wellesley Symphony Concerto Competition. He has performed as soloist with these orchestras as well as with the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and the Jr. Greenwood Orchestra.