Born in 1972, Newman holds degrees from Boston University's School for the Arts (MusB), where he studied composition with Richard Cornell and Charles Fussell and conducting with Lukas Foss, and The Juilliard School (MusM), where he studied with composers John Corigliano and David Del Tredici and conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya. At Juilliard, his collaborative works for dance enjoyed multiple performances at The Juilliard Theater, Alice Tully Hall, P.S. 122, and Dance Theater Workshop. Early training includes Boston University Tanglewood Institute and the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with composers George Tsontakis and Bernard Rands.
Newman's catalog for wind ensembles includes My Hands Are a City, recorded by the University of Georgia Wind Ensemble (Naxos), As the scent of spring rain..., recorded by Tokyo's TAD Wind Symphony (Basic Video Arts) and the University of New Mexico (Summit), Climbing Parnassus, commissioned and recorded by the 2008 Japan Wind Ensemble Conductors Conference (Brain Music), Avenue X, recorded by the Gotham Wind Symphony (ArtistShare), and Moon by Night, 2003 winner of the bi-annual NBA/Merrill Jones Composition Award. His work with the University of Nevada Las Vegas Wind Orchestra includes Chunk, a 2003 commission and title track of their 2004 CD release (Mark Custom Records), and OK Feel Good, a 1999 commission recorded on 3 Steps Forward (Klavier). The Rutgers Wind Ensemble has recorded three of his ensemble works on three CDs (Mark Custom Records), including Moon by Night, Uncle Sid, and The Rivers of Bowery.
Jonathan Newman composes music rich with rhythmic drive and intricate sophistication. A recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Newman creates broadly colored musical works, often incorporating styles of pop, blues, jazz, folk, and funk into otherwise classical models.