Dr. Jonathan Thompson is a Mexican-American oboist, international recitalist, collaborator, scholar, and educator. He has performed in Mexico, Spain, and across the United States. His artistic mission is to engage audiences in performance, with a focus in presenting new works as well as fresh takes on classic works. In 2019, he started at the University of North Texas as adjunct oboe professor.
Thompson is the oboist for Fonema Consort, an exciting contemporary chamber ensemble based in Chicago, Illinois, with whom he has performed in residencies at Oberlin Conservatory, the University of Minnesota, and Columbia University. He is featured in their 2017 album “Fifth Tableau.” He has performed with the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, the Wisconsin Philharmonic, the South Bend Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
Thompson is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Presser Graduate Award, a $10,000 grant for music graduate students. With the grant, Thompson traveled to Mexico City to conduct research and to perform his international debut at the Faculty de Música UNAM. In 2020, he will release his debut album of previously unrecorded Mexican music for the oboe.
Thompson completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas, studying with James Ryon. Thompson received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in oboe performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Scott Hostetler, Michael Henoch, Robert Morgan, and Grover Schiltz. Upon graduation, he became the first recipient of the Ray Still Award.
Talar Khosdeghian - Piano
Pianist Talar Khosdeghian is an active collaborator and educator in the Chicago area. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Northwestern University. In addition to working as an accompanist at New Trier High School, Talar is also the Music Director of CHAI Collaborative Ensemble and the accompanist for Youth Chorus of the North Shore. She maintains a private studio and concertizes on a regular basis in and around Chicago. She has performed as both a soloist and a collaborator in festivals around the world, which works quite well since she has a love of travel and will take any opportunity to hop on a plane and go somewhere new. When she isn't at the piano, she sings with Coriolis, a classical a cappella group based in Evanston; she also enjoys painting, running, swimming, and the great outdoors.