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A native of Ottawa, Jonathan Wade received a Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Ottawa where he studied with Ian Bernard and Pierre Béluse. He went on to obtain a Superior Studies diploma in orchestral repertoire from the University of Montréal where he studied with the legendary timpanist Louis Charbonneau. Jonathan Wade is presently a percussionist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, a position he has held since 1983. He is also principal timpanist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In great demand both as an orchestral player and a chamber musician, Mr. Wade performs with many other fine ensembles including Thirteen Strings and Capital Brass Works. He is heard frequently on prestigious concert series such as the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival and Music for a Sunday Afternoon at the National Gallery. He has recorded for CBC and Radio-Canada and released numerous CD’s with the NACO and other ensembles.
In 2006, Jonathan Wade was appointed head of percussion at the University of Ottawa. He is also percussion instructor at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Jonathan performs regularly in the NAC’s Music in the Schools program with Bangers and Smash and the Ragtime Brass Sextet.
Visit the Orchestra Pit percussion ambassador archive page to watch and listen to Jonathan talk about and demonstrate percussion instruments!