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17 year old violinist and composer Jonas Tarm

Highland Park High School senior Jonas Tarm is looking forward to recording one of his compositions with Grammy winning new music group “Orchestra of Our time.” Photo credit: Mike Canale

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The first of two programs featuring Highland Park High School senior Jonas Tarm. This week, we’ll hear Jonas in music for violin. In January, we’ll spend an hour listening to some of Tarm’s award-winning original compositions.


Jonas Tarm, 17, was born and lived in Tallinn, Estonia for ten years and has studied violin starting at the age of seven. Jonas is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist, composer and arranger in the Chicago area. He currently is a scholarship recipient and member of the Music Institute of Chicago’s Academy program where he studies violin with MIC faculty member Gerardo Ribeiro and composition with Matthew Hagle.

Jonas was a highly active member of the Midwest Young Artists program for 4 years; there, he soloed with the I’Solisti Orchestra and was part MYA’s Symphony and intensive chamber music program. Jonas also has soloed with the Highland Park High School Symphony and Chamber orchestras. Summer programs include, MYA Chamber Music Camp, International Haapsalu String Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and more. A senior, Jonas currently serves as concert master of the Highland Park High School Symphony Orchestra and Honors Chamber Orchestra; he also has served as co-principle second in the 2011 IMEA All-State Honors Orchestra.

Currently Jonas is the Illinois State Representative for the 2012 MTNA National Composition Contest. He also at the moment has a merit fellowship, the Kal Novak Musicianship Award, with Mischa Zupko and the MIC Composer’s Lab. As a composer, Jonas has collaborated with musicians and composers from Chicago Symphony Orchestra MusicNOW, Eight Blackbird, Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, Fulcrum Point New Music, Chicago Lyric Opera and more. Jonas has won an award for arranging in the IMEA composition contest and has been a finalist in the ASCAP Morton Gould prize and BMI Young Composers Competition. He currently is looking forward to record one of his compositions with Grammy winning new music group “Orchestra of Our time”. Jonas’s playing and composition, “Las Ruinas Circulares”, has been previously featured on WFMT Introductions. Jonas is a member of ASCAP.

Jonas is also a current member of the Ravinia Festival Student Marketing Board, part of a mission to promote classical to younger audiences.


Beethoven: Sonata No. 5, Op. 24 “Spring Sonata”
I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto espressivo

Bach: Partita in B minor

Rachmaninoff: Vocalise (from 14 Romances for Voice) Op.34 Arranged for Solo Violin

Heino Eller(1887-1970): Fantasy for Solo Violin

  • Christina Dugan

    February 3, 2012

    Related circuitously – through Tretjakewitsch. Live next door in Grand Rapids, MI and am so thrilled to hear of your winning and talent.

  • Teri Tuffner

    Jonas, You are a creative force with an amazing future. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world.

  • Tiiu Vitsut

    Fantastic! Continue the excellent work.
    Millal sind Eestis kuulata saab? Loodan, et peatselt.

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