Emerging young conductor and Winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting, Jonathan Taylor Rush brings passion, unique interpretation and refreshing energy to the orchestral experience.
Rush has served as Music Director of the Buckeye Philharmonic Orchestra, an orchestra on the campus of The Ohio State University. In 2017, he became the conducting fellow for the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, and in 2018, Rush was also named a Project Inclusion Conducting Fellow with the Chicago Sinfonietta, which was followed by an appointment to Assistant Conductor in 2019. As Assistant Conductor of the Chicago Sinfonietta, he worked alongside music professionals and fellow conductors to help, “redefine classical music,” by encouraging diversity in Orchestras across the U.S.
Rush made his international conducting debut with the Nairobi Philharmonic Orchestra and Dance Centre Kenya. As the 2018 winner of the Respighi Prize in Conducting at age 22, Rush made his professional orchestra debut with the Chamber Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Rush has since returned to Kenya to continue his relationship with Dance Centre Kenya and has conducted multiple orchestras throughout the U.S., including the Chamber Orchestra of New York.
A versatile musician, Rush also has a strong Gospel, Jazz, Soul and R&B music background. As a Gospel musician, Rush serves as the Minister of Music at Ebenezer Temple UHCA in Hartford, CT and serves as the Director of Music for the New England District of the United Holy Church of America, where he oversees the music departments of 14 different churches.
Rush’s current mentors and teachers of conducting are Marin Alsop, Mei-Ann Chen, and Joseph Young. Rush received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University and a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.