Jonathan Hepfer (b. 1983) is a percussionist specializing in contemporary chamber and solo repertoire. He began playing classical music at age 17 after discovering the music and philosophy of John Cage. Subsequently, Jonathan attended Oberlin Conservatory, UC – San Diego and the Musikhochschule Freiburg (with the support of a two-year DAAD fellowship), where he studied with Michael Rosen, Steven Schick and Bernhard Wulff respectively. He is currently a doctoral student at UC - San Diego.
Jonathan is a member of the percussion ensemble Red Fish Blue Fish and has collaborated with ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, Asamisimasa, the Slee Sinfonietta, ICE and Signal. In 2006, with Alice Teyssier, he co-founded, Echoi, a chamber ensemble dedicated to programming rarely performed works from the contemporary literature, as well as pieces by young composers deserving of more attention. Of particular interest to Jonathan is the relationship of language and music.
As a soloist and chamber musician, Jonathan performs regularly on the Monday Evening Concert series in Los Angeles. There, he has taken part in the US premieres of major works by S. Sciarrino, G. Kurtág, R. Riehm, A. Clementi, K. Lang and S. Steen-Andersen.
Some noteworthy recent adventures have included tours of Vietnam, Indonesia, Mongolia and the Ukraine with the Freiburger Schlagzeugensemble, performances of P. Boulez’ Le Marteau sans Maître in Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Israel and New York, the US Premiere of J. Dillon’s epic cycle Nine Rivers at Columbia University’s Miller Theater, a single-day performance of M. Feldman’s three trios for flute, piano and percussion (organized by Jan Williams) and an interview project collecting the oral histories of the first generation of eminent European percussion soloists (e.g. C. Caskel, S. Gualda, J.P. Drouet, G. Sylvestre, M. Ben-Omar). The near future contains performances at the University of Huddersfield in England, the Stone in New York and the Ojai Festival in California.