Jonathan Tessero is an award-nominated Creative Director, Music Director and Live Event Producer whose work has appeared on Broadway, Network Television, and in concert and event venues around the country.
His creative direction for CBS’ coverage of Super Bowl XLVII earned the network a Sports Emmy Nomination for Best Art Direction / Studio Design and under his creative leadership the rebooted and renamed Essence Fest experienced a record-setting 125,000 person increase in attendance to total more than 550,000 attendees for the Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Maxwell, LL Cool J headlined weekend. He directed the media assets for the Opening Season Presentation of an NBA team, lead the creation of a branded 12-story projection map installation, created the Christmas experience for a 10-acre casino, and wrote and directed a documentary starring Angela Lansbury and Branford Marsalis for the National WWII Museum.
He made his Broadway debut as a pianist and conductor at age 18 and has since grown into an in-demand pianist, arranger/orchestrator, and conductor who has conducted, music directed, and played for Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Touring Theater Productions, Symphonic Pops Presentations, and major Corporate Events around the country. He is a Yamaha Artist, was a finalist to succeed the late Marvin Hamlisch as Principal Pops Conductor of The Buffalo Philharmonic, and Music Supervised and Arranged SeaWorld’s Sea of Surprises Segment for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. In 2001, he was the Music Director of the Lower Manhattan 9/11 Memorial Mass and, in 2011 he Music Supervised the ceremonial relighting of the Superdome following its post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction.
He was the Associate Producer of the critically acclaimed Broadway transfer of The Lyons, the Producer of Broadway Sings the Phone, an all-star benefit for Make-A-Wish of Metro New York at the legendary Studio 54, and has managed and produced more than a slew of theater, live entertainment, and corporate event ventures for companies like Coca-Cola, Ford, Time, Inc., McDonald’s, Entergy.
Jonathan Tessero proudly plays Yamaha Pianos.