Award-winning saxophonist Jonathan Nichol is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone at Grand Valley State University. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2010) and a Master of Music degree (2007) from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University (2005). Nichol's primary teachers have been John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, Diego Rivera, and Rodney Whitaker.
Jonathan Nichol was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Concert Artist Guild Competition. He is a recipient of the prestigious Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship and is a Presser Scholar. Nichol was the winner of the Central Michigan University Concerto Competition and two-time winner of the Michigan State University Concerto Competition. He has performed Michael Torke's Saxophone Concerto with the Alma Symphony Orchestra, William Bolcom's Concert Suite with the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and John William's Escapades with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. In July 2009, Nichol was invited to premier five new works for solo saxophone and saxophone quartet at the 15th World Saxophone Congress held in Bangkok, Thailand. He has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Lansing Symphony Big Band, Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, the Machine (Pink Floyd tribute band), and the Nichol Trio.
Jonathan Nichol is a member of the acclaimed h2 quartet, recipients of the prestigious Gold Medal at the 2007 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the First Prize Award at the inaugural North American Saxophone Alliance Chamber Music Competition. The h2 Quartet's CD Generations (BGR 185) was released in August 2008 on the Blue Griffin Recordings label. Recently, h2's second CD, Times and Spaces (BGR 211) and the Blue Griffin Label received a 2010 Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant.
Jonathan Nichol actively performs and records with Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, directed by Bill Ryan. With the GVSU NME, Nichol has recorded Terry Riley's In C, which is featured on the NME's album In C Remixed (Innova Recordings 758). Nichol was also a featured soloist on the album: GVSU New Music Ensemble featuring Dennis DeSantis Terry Riley: In C, recorded live in New York at Le Poisson Rouge (Ghostly International, GI-108).
Jonathan Nichol is a Yamaha Performing Artist and a Rico Performing Artist.