Saxophonist and woodwind specialist Jonathan Yanik is in demand across the world as a performer, teacher, and guest clinician. He performs with such varied groups as the National Philharmonic, UrbanArias, Apollo Chamber Orchestra, Inscape chamber orchestra, Doc Scantlin’s Imperial Palms jazz orchestra, Bachelor Boys band, the US Navy Band saxophone quartet, the McLean Symphony, and most notably serves as principal saxophone of the United States Navy Band (Washington, DC). Jonathan has been a soloist on over 100 high visibility concerts in 30 states and is a featured performer at the Navy Band’s annual International Saxophone Symposium. He was also a featured soloist at the 2015 Saxophone congress and festival in Strasbourg, France performing David Biedenbender’s Dreams in the Dusk with La Garde Républicaine (Paris, France). Jonathan also notable was the Grand Prize winner of the Heida Hermanns International Woodwind Competition in 2008.
A highly regarded teacher and guest clinician, Jonathan has given classes as a featured artist at the Midwest Clinic, Brevard Music Festival, University of Louisville, Delaware State University, University of Tennessee, Penn State University, Texas A&M, University of Mississippi, Youngstown State University, as well as many others. He also served as Adjunct professor of saxophone at Towson University (Towson, MD) from 2011-2014.
Jonathan also has his own solo album Images, which features many of his own arrangements for saxophone. Mr. Yanik earned a Masters of Music with the highest honors from University of Michigan, where he studied classical and jazz performance with Donald Sinta and Dr. Andrew Bishop, and a Bachelors of Music Education with high distinction from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where he studied with Dr. Otis Murphy. Yanik is a Vandoren Performing Artist and Yamaha Performing Artist. He currently resides in Washington, DC, with his wife, violist Megan Yanik and their son Benjamin and daughter Charlotte.