Jonathan Nilsen started playing the guitar at age 10. Under the influence of Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana, he sought to play music rather than notes.Jonathan has been an active member of the Phoenix music community since 2011 and has performed with various guitar ensembles and orchestras throughout the state. In 2012 he won 1st place in the Maricopa Artist of Promise Ensemble Competition and performed at The Herberger.
In 2013 he won 1st and 2nd place in the Maricopa Artist of Promise Ensemble Competition as well as 3rd place in the solo category. This resulted in a televised performance at the Orpheum.Jonathan holds a bachelor's degree in Music Performance from ASU where he studied with Professor Frank Koonce.Currently, Jonathan teaches at Rhapsody School of Music where he directs the Rock Band program. He is also the Musical Director at North Valley Community Church