JONATHAN MAMORA is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. He has been studying piano for the last 17 years and is currently studying with Dr. Elvin Rodríguez. He has also studied organ with Dr. Kimo Smith as well as conducting with Dr. Ariel Quintana.
He has competed and has been a prizewinner in regional and international competitions, including 2nd prize at the IIYM International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) Concerto Competition, 1st prize in the La Sierra University Concerto Competition, and 1st prize in the Redlands Bowl Young Artists Piano Competition. He has been a prizewinner in the International Russian Music Piano Competition, the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, and the Rio Hondo Symphony Young Artists Competition, among others. He has also competed in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, the Hilton Head International Piano Competition, and the Oberlin International Piano Competition (now known as the Cooper International Competition). In 2012, he was accepted into the Young Artist Guild of the Music Teachers’ Association of California. He was the 1st prize winner of La Sierra University’s 2013 Promising Young Artist Competition as well as 1st prize in the 2014 and 2016 La Sierra University Concerto Competition. He has worked with many world-renowned pianists, including Stanislav Ioudenitch, Sara Davis Buechner, Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Santiago Rodriguez, Stewart Gordon, Catherine Kautsky, and Jie Yuan, as well as conductors, including H. Robert Reynolds, Thomas Lee, Giovanni Santos, and Massimiliano Messieri.
Jonathan has traveled around the nation and performed in many different places, including recent performances of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the La Sierra University Orchestra, Rhapsody in Blue with the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble, the second movement of Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the La Sierra University Orchestra and the Coachella Valley Symphony. He has also performed in countries around the world, including France, Italy, Germany, Chile, Japan, and Trinidad and Tobago. At school, he is a member of the La Sierra University Wind Ensemble as a principal percussionist, the La Sierra University Chamber Singers and Chorale as a bass, pianist, and assistant conductor, as well as various student chamber groups as a pianist. He serves as an organist for the La Sierra University Church. He is also a member of the Honors Program at La Sierra University. He often performs as a collaborative pianist for vocalists, instrumentalists, ensembles and choirs. In the fall of 2017, he will be attending The Juilliard School in New York, NY to pursue his Masters of Music in Piano Performance.