Borderless Arts Tennessee is honored to present Jonathan Yudkin at the Young Soloist event on Thursday, April 4 at the Nashville Parthenon. Mr. Yudkin will be performing a duet of bouzouki and violin. Mr. Yudkin’s performance is being sponsored by the US branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy.
Borderless Arts Tennessee is focusing the Young Soloist competition on a Greek theme due to the fact that in 2024, the US branch of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy honors the Bicentennial of classicist and college president Dr Philip Lindsley’s 1824 arrival in Nashville and his vision “to create on the frontier a new Athens dedicated to education and the arts.” Throughout the 19th century his vision for Nashville evolved into city recognition as the “Athens of the South” as home to several leading universities and by the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition, as home to the Parthenon. It is a vision that continues to build into the 21st century.
Jonathan Yudkin is a recording studio musician, film composer, and ACM, CMA and Grammy award winning and nominated instrumentalist specializing in all string instruments, violin/fiddle, cello, mandolins, guitars, banjo, dobro etc., with many writing and producing credits.
Yudkin studied music in Philadelphia at Temple and Rutgers Universities before leading the house band at the Lonestar Café in New York City 1979-1981. He relocated to Nashville in 1981 to begin his first 20-year adventure of roadwork and studio recording with Leon Russell, Dickie Betts, Ed Bruce, Johnny Lee, John Hartford, Robert Earl Keen, Kathy Mattea, Doug Dillard, and many more.
He left the road in 1997 to concentrate primarily on studio recording and has since provided award-winning tracks for Taylor Swift (including Taylor’s version), Bon Jovi, Megadeth, Keith Urban, Shania, Big and Rich, Reba, Jars Of Clay, Neil Diamond, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Loggins, Steven Tyler, Kelly Clarkson, Lady A, Pink, and Cher to name a few. He is also currently working in the Latin Music world doing live, recording and producing work with Ricardo Arjona, Alfredo Olivas, Guaynaa and Maluma (Baby) as well as continuing to produce and arrange for the #1 charting Bluegrass artist Marty Falle.
In addition,Yudkin provides his one-man orchestral recording service composing, arranging and producing scores for feature length film, TV and commercials. Current film titles include Born Wild, Dug Up and Common Threads as well as films for Hallmark including the Graceland series and A Nashville Christmas Carol.
The Young Soloist program is supported by First Horizon Bank and Diane and Dr. David Black.