Composer, pianist, violist, and conductor Jonathan Newmark was born in New York City in 1953 and received his MM in composition from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2015. His teachers at CCM included Joel Hoffman, Douglas Knehans, and Michael Fiday, as well as Jonathan Kolm, Gloria Wilson Swisher, and James McVoy outside of CCM. He has participated at the Chamber Music Conference in Bennington VT since 1981 and worked there with composers Allen Shawn, Martin Bresnick, Daniel Strong Godfrey, Kurt Rohde, Paul Moravec, Chen Yi, Pierre Jalbert, Jesse Jones, and Ted Hearne. His works have premiered at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, Connecticut Summerfest, Nief-Norf Summer Festival, and Walden School Creative Musicians’ Retreat. His bass clarinet trio Secret Atop the Bluff won the Juventas New Music score competition at the Boston New Music Festival in 2017. An album of four chamber works was released in 2009 on the Music Unlimited label. His piano sonata appears on an upcoming album by British pianist Martin Jones. His works are published by TrevCo Varner and BrassArts.
A 1974 graduate of Harvard College, he earned his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1978. He is a board-certified neurologist, staff neurologist at the Washington DC VA Medical Center, and full professor of neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Newmark is also a retired Colonel, US Army Medical Corps, former Chemical Casualty Care Consultant to the Army Surgeon General, consultant to the National Institutes of Health and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and one of the nation’s leading authorities on medical response to chemical warfare and terrorism. In 2018 he was appointed by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to a four-year term on the Secure and Resilient Commonwealth Panel of Virginia. He lives in Burke VA.