Jonathan WADE


Jonathan WADE
Coordinator of the Percussion Sector and Adjunct Professor

Jonathan Wade photo with drum


A native of Ottawa, Jonathan Wade received a Bachelor of Music in percussion from the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Ian Bernard and Pierre Béluse. He went on to obtain receive a graduate diploma in orchestral repertoire for timpani from the Université de Montréal, under Louis Charbonneau.

Since 1982, Jonathan has performed as a percussionist and timpanist with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In 1983 he was appointed principal timpanist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Mr. WadeHe is heard frequently with other fine ensembles, including Capital Brass Works, Thirteen Strings and the Ottawa Choral Society. He performs regularly as part of the Music and Beyond and Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

In 2002, Jonathan Wade became professor of timpani at the University of Ottawa. He was appointed head of percussion in 2006. He was the percussion instructor at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy from 1986 to 2009. Jonathan is very active in the NAC’s Music in the Schools program with the Bangers and Smash percussion duo and as a drummer in the Ragtime Brass sextet.

Fields of Interest

  • Percussion
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