Jonathan Richards (Violin) received his Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Northern Illinois University where he studied with Mathias Tacke and Shmuel Ashkenasi of the Vermeer Quartet. He has won numerous competitions including the 2010 UMSO Concerto Compeition, CSA Symphonia Concerto Competition, Elgin Symphony Young Artist Competition, Northern Illinois University Philharmonic Concerto Competition, and the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition. He has also appeared as soloist with the Kishwaukee Symphony, the Orchestra of St. Vincent’s of Chicago, the Judson College Symphony, and the Northern Illinois University Philharmonic. Jonathan performs regularly with the Prince Williams, Fairfax, and Annapolis Symphonies and is also a member of the Adelphi String Quartet., Graduate Quartet Fellowship at the University of Maryland. Last May Jonathan received his Master of Music degree in violin performance at Maryland and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree studying with David Salness.