Jonathan Martin has served as President of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Cincinnati Pops and May Festival since September 2017. With the Orchestra’s return to Music Hall one month into Mr. Martin’s tenure following an extensive and historic renovation, the CSO received international acclaim and experienced increases in average concert attendance during his first season as President.
With the announcement of the CSO’s 125th Anniversary Season in 2019-20 comes a commitment to propelling the art form forward and advancing the Orchestra’s vision to more fully engage broader audiences and the wider community in the 21st century under Mr. Martin’s leadership.
The 125th Anniversary Season introduces an entirely new concert format with the goal of reaching new audiences, the commissioning of new works, as well as experimentation with alternative performance elements and collaborations with acclaimed artists from around the world.
Prior to Cincinnati, Mr. Martin served as President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 2012 to 2017, a period which saw increased artistic achievements, financial stabilization, robust fundraising, creation of innovative concert formats, genre-crossing programs, and expanded community impact in Dallas.
Under Mr. Martin’s leadership, the Dallas Symphony expanded its new community initiatives such as DSO on the GO, which brings the orchestra to neighborhood venues in communities throughout North Texas; launched ReMix, a series of casual, intimate and adventurous concerts at Dallas City Performance Hall; inaugurated the SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival, an annual three-week multidisciplinary and multi-genre festival, and deepened collaborations which bring free concerts to areas such as Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas. Under his stewardship, Mr. Martin engaged new and long-standing community partners and secured additional funds to create a stable and sustainable financial future for the Dallas Symphony, with $68 million in new funds raised and pledged to date.
Prior to leading the Dallas Symphony, Mr. Martin served for nine years as the General Manager of the Cleveland Orchestra. There he successfully managed 22 domestic and international tours and residencies, oversaw the operation of the famed Severance Hall and Blossom Music Center, and helped develop and launch that orchestra’s groundbreaking, ten-year residency program in Miami, Florida. In addition to his positions in Dallas and Cleveland, Mr. Martin also led the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra from 2008 to 2012.
A native of Atlanta, Mr. Martin holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Georgia State University and began his career at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, where he served in five different positions over 14 years.
He is past Chair of the League of American Orchestras’ Executive Directors for Group II orchestras, and currently serves on the board and negotiating committee of the Electronic Media Association, representing 80 American orchestras bargaining with the national musicians’ union on terms governing electronic media activity.
Location: Continental Room
Menu: Bibb lettuce with boursin cheese, cucumber, almonds & herbed dressing and vanilla cheesecake – salad appetizer and dessert for all entrees.
Regular Entrée – Pork chop with mashed potatoes, baby carrots & creamy mustard sauce.
Vegetarian Entrée – Tempura vegetables with mashed potatoes, baby carrots & creamy mustard sauce.
Salad Entrée – Blackened shrimp over romaine with roasted corn, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, & herbed buttermilk dressing (GF).