He’s a teenage virtuoso who can string with the best of them.
"Regardless of the music you were playing it's just always extremely heartening to play something especially with a group of people," said Jonathan Altman.
The 16-year-old from Modesto has been invited to Carnegie Hall New York to play his violin in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States.
"My audition material wasn't necessarily as clean as I would have liked it to be. But I did get in so I am very, very happy about that," says Altman.
The violin has been stringing him along since the age of 6.
The humble musician went to a concert in Modesto and was hooked.
"Extremely proud. But of course we know he's worked really, really hard to get where he is," said Jonathan's mother, Yvonne Brouard.
She knew early on the classical violin was in Jonathan’s future.
"He would sit in the car and demand to hear classical music. So my husband would put on jazz or something like that and this little voice from the back, three year old would say 'don't want that want classical,'" Brouard said.
Altman has gone through 5 violins.
His latest violin is this John Rae violin made in 1917 London.
Jonathan has been a featured soloist with several symphonies.
His latest appearance came as a co-winner in the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra in Oakland.
This 4.0 junior at Modesto’s Enoch’s High School even composes his own music.
Now playing in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, he wants to continue his virtuoso ways which takes lot of practice.
"Overall, I practice around 2 1/2 hours a day," Altman said.
He does it with plenty of strings attached.