Jonathan Dubay


Jonathan joined the Oregon Symphony in the fall of 1992 and has been twice featured as a soloist with the orchestra. A recipient of the Oregon Symphony’s Creative Empowerment grant, Jonathan presented his play “The Wooden Boy” with the Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, which introduces Béla Bartók’s 44 Duets for Two Violins to family audiences. Jonathan’s recording of the duets is available at

Jonathan holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University, where he received the Broadus Erle Memorial Scholarship. He earned his B.M. from the Eastman School of Music, where he graduated cum laude and received the George Eastman and Frank Scholarship Awards. Jonathan was a Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School, assisting the Juilliard String Quartet as a Lisa Arnhold Memorial Fellow. Since relocating to Portland, Jonathan has taught violin and chamber music at Portland’s Community Music Center, Pacific University, Lewis & Clark College, and the University of Oregon.

Jonathan has studied violin with Michael Foxman, Carol Sindell, Charles Castleman, Syoko Aki, Sylvia Rosenberg, Donald Weilerstein and Burton Kaplan. He has also studied chamber music with Abram Loft, Raphael Hillyer, Earl Carlyss, and the Cleveland, American, Tokyo, and Juilliard string quartets. 

As a member of the Essex Quartet, Jonathan Dubay has performed chamber music concerts throughout the U.S., including appearances at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and the Aspen Music Festival, as well as live radio broadcasts on WNYC, WQXR, and WGBH’s “Morning pro Musica.” Jonathan also performs with his chamber group, the Three Centuries Ensemble. 

Jonathan’s wife is a violinist and their two children also play string instruments; together they comprise a family string quartet. In addition to his active performing schedule, Jonathan teaches violin at his home studio,