2024 AFSF Opportunity Award recipient.

At 22 years of age, Jonathan Senik became a prize-winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition. Senik was born in Israel and was considered a piano prodigy, since he performed an entire concerto with the Ashdod Symphony Orchestra at the age of eight. He studied with Ms.Yulia Zimin, and was then a student of Dr. Mark Shaviner at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel-Aviv University.  He won top prizes at many national competitions in Israel and has played with most orchestras in his native country. He has collaborated with many conductors, including Vag Papian, David Loebel and Lahav Shani.

He has worked with well-known artists, such as Daniil Trifonov, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Prof. Rena Shereshevskaya and others. He was also mentored by Prof. Tomer Lev and Murray Perahia. Jonathan has received merit scholarships from the America-Israel Foundation, and is currently supported by the Ronen Foundation and Bistritzky Foundation.

He performed in many events such as the Tel-Hai international piano masterclasses, the Arthur Rubinstein Virtual Pianofest and the Oxford Piano Festival in England.

Jonathan won two concerto competitions in two different schools, in Tel-Aviv and Boston, with second piano concertos by Rachmaninoff and Brahms, and was named as the ‘Best Israeli Performer’ at the 17th edition of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition.

Now, he is based in Boston, Massachusetts and pursuing his Master of Music degree at the New England Conservatory with Prof. Alexander Korsantia.