Jonas Tarm

Composer, ECU member since 2016
Born on 07.10.1994

Estonian-born Jonas Tarm has focused in recent years primarily on work as a composer for the concert stage and film. Various ensembles have commissioned him to write original music, including the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, New York Virtuoso Singers, Boston Musica Viva, the Estonian XXVII Song Festival, New York Youth Symphony, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. His work has also been performed worldwide by ensembles such as the Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn in Germany, Camerata Notturna Orchestra in New York, New World Symphony Players in Miami – among others. Jonas has worked closely with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra: they have premiered four of Jonas’s major works to date.

Jonas recently released his first album There Was a Beginning – a soundtrack recorded by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra for Miida Chu’s film There Was a Beginning. Jonas also holds several music department credits in Hollywood films: Netflix production of Charlie Kaufman’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Benjamin Cleary’s Apple TV production of Swan Song, and others directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Neil Burger.

Jonas’s music has been performed in venues around the world: Miami’s New World Center, Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall in China, Merkin Concert Hall in New York, Altenhof Kuhhaus in Germany, Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia are to name a few. Jonas’s music has also been frequently heard on Estonia’s ERR Classical Radio and Estonian National TV.

Jonas’s compositions have received numerous awards including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Morton Gould Composition Competition Award and National YoungArts Award for Music Composition.

Jonas has worked on several major projects as engraver, editor, orchestrator and arranger for publishers including Bärenreiter Verlag, Boosey & Hawkes Berlin, G. Schirmer; organizations New York City Ballet, Canadian Opera Company, Boston Philharmonic; composers Wayne Shorter, and Rufus Wainwright.

Jonas holds bachelor and master’s degrees with honors in composition from the New England Conservatory. Jonas is grateful for having be able to learn with several wise, kind, and tough teachers. They include: composition with Stratis Minakakis, Michael Gandolfi, Anthony Coleman, John Mallia, Robert Cogan, Matthew Hagle, and Mischa Zupko; conducting with Charles Peltz, Erica Washburn, and Paul Mägi; violin with Gerardo Ribeiro and Desiree Ruhstrat; lessons of life and harmony “of the highest order” with Lyle Davidson.

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