Jonathan Tortolano

Co-Principal Cello

Cellist Jonathan Tortolano, a native of Vermont, has been living and working in Canada since 1999. Arriving via Europe, where he taught and played in Spain, Portugal and Italy, Jonathan has been a member of Orquesta Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon, The Gulbenkian Orchestra, Orchestra London, Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec, The Windsor Symphony, Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, the National Ballet Orchestra and the Orchestra do Algarve.  He has been heard on CBC and Radio Canada, Radio Nacional de Espana and Radio France, in addition to National Public Radio in the United States. Jonathan Tortolano studied with Elsa Hilger, Andor Toth Jr. Janos Starker and Stephen Geber. In Europe he had a chance to work with William Pleeth and Martin Ostertag while holding symphonic jobs and touring with Quartet Metropolis. Jonathan also was Principal Cellist of the Orquesta Sinfonica de Puerto Rico. While in the Carribean he performed for the Fundacion Musical de Ponce, and presented two lecture recitals at The Gallery Inn, in Old San Juan. In 2007, Jonathan performed with the Quatour Prima Vista in France.  Jonathan Tortolano is a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra, where he is 2nd chair cello, and is Principal Cello of the Erie Philharmonic.  Jonathan plays a cello made by Armando Piccagliani of Modena.