Jonathan DeBruyn grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon in a musical household, and was exposed to classical music from a young age. He received his BM in Violin Performance from Portland State University, studying with Carol Sindell, and completed his MM in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Oregon with Dr. David Jacobs. He was a Conducting Fellow with the Eugene Symphony for the 2018-2019 season, has guest conducted with the Beaverton Symphony and the Sunnyside Symphony, and in 2021 was named a Faber Conducting Fellow with the American Austrian Foundation. He is currently the conductor and program director of the "Young Artists Debut!" competition and concert with Cognizart. He has performed as a violinist with many local orchestras, including the Portland Columbia Symphony, the Newport Symphony, and the Eugene Symphony. He has conducted as far as Canada, Poland, Austria, and the Czech Republic. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, reading, and practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.