image description

Dorothy Jonas

  • Degrees and StudiesB.M. and Graduate Studies, The Juilliard School
  • Music Conservatory of WestchesterFaculty since 1965

Born in: San Antonio, TX

Performances and Distinctions: As a young performer, Dorothy Jonas appeared as a soloist with major orchestras in the United States, Canada and Europe. As a member of the acclaimed Pierce-Jonas Duo with fellow pianist Joshua Pierce, she performed in Weil Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Cami Hall, and with the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, London Sinfonetta, and a command performance for England’s Royal family. The duo recorded for Albany, Helicon, Delos, Wergo, Phoenix, Verese-Saraband, Japanese Victor Corp., and BBC Records, earning multiple Grammy nominations as well as performing frequently on radio and television. The pair have premiered and recorded countless works written by European and American composers of the 20th century as well as works written especially for them.  Ms. Jonas formerly served on the faculty of Trinity University and was a staff pianist for the San Antonio Symphony. Ms. Jonas has also been awarded the Life Achievement Award from the Music Conservatory of Westchester, been listed in Who’s Who in America and recorded twelve CD’s with six Grammy nominations.

Teaching Philosophy: “Since all students are different, my approach will vary with each student. I try to broaden the scope of composers from early on to give students a knowledge of each period in music – baroque, romantic, impressionistic and contemporary. I strive to solve technical and musical problems, and get students ready for performance.”