Jonathan Chen, a senior at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek, commenced his journey at age seven under the guidance of two wonderful violin teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson. Now studying with Ms. Debbra Wood Schwartz, Jonathan is inspired by her contagious enthusiasm for music in every lesson. In the summer of 2012, Jonathan took a three-week series of master classes for string soloists and performed at the Ameropa Chamber Music Festival in Prague, Czech Republic. He has since been an active chamber music player, leading his school ensembles annually to the CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival. As a violin soloist, Jonathan has won at regional young artist competitions. In his four years at the Oakland Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jonathan has been enjoying the opportunity to play with other wonderful young musicians. In college, Jonathan will continue his violin study, possibly with a double major in music and medical science.