Jonathan Pegis joined the Chicago Symphony in the fall of 1986; prior to that he was a member of the Rochester Philharmonic for two years. Since his arrival in Chicago, Pegis has performed chamber music frequently and is active in the Chicago Symphony chamber music series. He is a regular participant in the Northwestern University Winter Chamber Music Festival and has performed with such artists as Lynn Harrell and Pinchas Zukerman. He has also appeared as soloist with the Highland Park Strings, the Texas Chamber Orchestra and the Chicago Cello Society. In 1993 Pegis joined the faculty at Northwestern, where he teaches orchestral studies.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Pegis began his studies at the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. His first teacher was Alan Harris; he has also studied with Lee Fiser, Paul Katz and Lynn Harrell. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While there, he joined the LaSalle Quartet and violist Donald McInnes on chamber music tours of the United States and Germany. Their 1982 recording of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht received Japan’s Tokyo Record Academy prize. Pegis returned to Rochester in 1984 to become a member of the Rochester Philharmonic and to attend Eastman, where he earned a master’s degree and a performer’s certificate.
Pegis lives in Skokie, Illinois, with his wife, soprano Dawn Pegis. When not performing music, their hobbies include sailing, crafts and endless home-improvement projects.