Jonathan Rouse hails from Atlanta, Georgia, where he began his bass studies with the late Ralph Jones. He went on to study at the Manhattan School of Music with Tim Cobb, principal bassist of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. In 2008, Jonathan was awarded the Irene Diamond Fellowship to join the studio of Albert Laszlo in the graduate program at the Juilliard School.
In 2009 while still a student, Jonathan won a section position with L’Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec. He received a Graduate Diploma from Juilliard and relocated to Quebec City, where he was granted tenure after one season.
Jonathan has performed with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in Germany, as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He has played under the baton of the world’s most pre-emanate conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Franz Welser-Möst, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, Gianandrea Noseda and Yoav Talmi.
He has held many orchestral positions over his career, including assistant principal bass of the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony, as well as section bassist with the Greenville Symphony in South Carolina. He has also performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Chattanooga Symphony and Atlanta Opera.
In 2016, Jonathan was awarded the position of Principal Bass of the Austin Symphony in Austin, Texas, where he currently resides. He also serves as Assistant Principal Bass of the Austin Opera. He likes running and hiking on the many beautiful trails around Austin and the hill country. He lives with his wonderful girlfriend and their four hilarious dogs.