Hailed as an exciting performer, award-winning educator, choral conductor and higher education faculty and administrator, Jonathan Irving is equally at home as a critically acclaimed concert pianist in both the classical and off-Broadway cabaret milieu. As a performer, Irving has appeared in major venues throughout the United States and abroad, including Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Bargemusic in New York, Symphony Hall in Boston, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, and the Portofino International Music Festival in Italy, as well as several radio appearances including National Public Radio.
He also served as the music director, conductor and pianist for the 20th Anniversary national tour of the off-Broadway cult show "Jacques Brel is Alive & Well & Living in Paris,” and for fifteen years was the pianist for actor/singer Theodore Bikel in concerts throughout the United States and Canada.
As an educator, Dr. Irving has served on the music faculty of several colleges and universities including Willamette University in Salem, Oregon (1994-95), the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York (1995-2007), and since 2007 at Southern Connecticut State University where he is a tenured Professor of Music and for six years served as departmental chairperson. Irving has also served on the faculty in the New York City private school sector, and for three years was the Director of Community Music Outreach programs for the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music, New York City’s oldest community music school.
Dr. Irving was nominated for the J. Philip Smith Teacher of the Year award at Southern Connecticut State in 2009 and again in 2011, and he holds two of Queens College's highest awards: the President's Multicultural Award and Performance Excellence Award. He holds a masters degree from the Juilliard School and a doctoral degree from Manhattan School of Music.