A specialist in both contemporary and historical percussion, Jonathan Hess has been praised for his “power and finesse” by the Boston Classical Review and his “exacting milieus” by The Boston Globe. He is acting principal timpanist for the Handel & Haydn Society and a founding member of the Boston Percussion Group (BPeG). Jonathan has performed and recorded with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP Sound) and plays for Boston’s Odyssey Opera. As a chamber musician, Jonathan plays with Beat Song, a percussion and voice duo featuring soprano Sonja DuToit Tengblad, and he has been featured locally with Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, Dinosaur Annex, and Monadnock Music. In addition to his work in contemporary music, he is also the timpanist for Grand Harmonie, an ensemble dedicated to inventive and compelling performances of 19th-century art music on historical instruments. He has performed and recorded with the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Canto Armonico, and Cambridge Concentus. In 2014, Jonathan toured Japan as timpanist for the Boston Chamber Orchestra and he recently played drum set for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus’s historic trip through the Middle East. He lives in Boston with his wife Sonja and their dog Leila.