Versatile musician, Jonathan Jensen, grew up listening to his older brother's 78 rpm records and hearing folk music and jazz. He loves to play a diverse array of music and on various instruments including percussion, mandolin, banjo and tin whistle--all of which he has played on stage with the BSO. Although his primary instrument in the orchestra is bass, he often doubles on keyboards and has been known to come up with original compositions. He once won a contest at the Mill Bridge Village Ragtime Festival for a ragtime piece he composed. When not playing with the Symphony, he plays piano for contra/English country dances, performs with the Baltimore Mandolin Orchestra and the Mandolin Quartet. Mr. Jensen studied with Warren Benfield and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Northwestern University. Before joining the Baltimore Symphony, he held the position of Principal Bass with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in Canada, and during the summer, he played bass for the Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago. A dedicated Scrabble player, Mr. Jensen is married and has a daughter.