Jonathan Van Dyke
The 2003/04 season marked Jonathan Van Dyke's first season with the Hong Kong Philharmonic.
Jonathan Van Dyke received his Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2000, and his Professional Studies diploma in 2002. He attended St Olaf College for his Bachelor's degree, where he received a double major in Music and Mathematics in 1997. His teachers have included Paul Ousley, Peter Spring, Tom Erickson and most recently, Lawrence Angell, retired principal bass of The Cleveland Orchestra, with whom he studied for five years.
Jonathan was the Grand Prize winner of the 2001 International Society of Bassists Orchestral Playing Competition. The prize included the opportunity to play with the bass section of the Minnesota Orchestra during the 2001/02 season. Other orchestras he has performed with include the Grand Rapids Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, Canton (Ohio) Symphony, Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and the Mo Egyetem Orchestra in Budapest.
Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, he lived in Cleveland, Ohio for several years before moving to Hong Kong with his wife, Aki Kawano. In Hong Kong, he enjoys hiking, and baking handmade breads and cookies. He is an enthusiastic member of the HK Phil soccer team (the HKPO FC), and is always ready to challenge any team to a friendly game!