Violist, Composer, Musicambia
Debut album of original compositions, Oak and the Ghost,
featuring the Attacca Quartet and Becca Stevens - out now on
New Amsterdam Records
Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan is a GRAMMY Award-winning composer, entrepreneur, and violist of the Attacca Quartet. Nathan has collaborated with many of the great artists of today including Björk, Itzhak Perlman, Sting, David Crosby, Becca Stevens, David Byrne, Trey Anastasio, Joshua Bell, Simon Rattle, and others. He has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Elliot Cole and Gabriel Kahane.
Nathan is the Founder and Executive Director of Musicambia, a non-profit organization bringing music education and ensemble performance to the prisons and jails of the United States. Nathan is also a violist in the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda and an Honorary Ambassador to the city of Chuncheon, South Korea.
The GRAMMY Award-winning Attacca Quartet is one of the most dynamic ensembles of their generation. Praised by The Strad for possessing “maturity beyond its members’ years,” they were formed at the Juilliard School in 2003 and made their professional debut in 2007 as part of the Artists International Winners Series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. From 2011-2013 they served as the Juilliard Graduate Resident String Quartet, and for the 2014-2015 season they were selected as the Quartet in Residence by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As stated by The Washington Post, “Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”
Musicambia is a domestic initiative to bring a long-term, intensive, musical instrument curriculum to the prisons and jails of the United States. Musicambia is inspired by the virtues and immense success of Venezuela’s Fundación Musical Simón Bolivar, or El Sistema, which promotes, throughout the country, the symphony orchestra as a perfect analog for a functional society.
In the past 8 years El Sistema has been bringing this profound idea of music as a means for social change to incarcerated communities of their country. In October 2013 I was invited by El Sistema to be the first American to take a tour of the Venezuelan Prisons where their musical programs take place.
"A viola solo that sounded almost devotional with its liquid intensity."
"We’re living in a golden age of string quartets...It’s hard to disagree when you hear the vibrant young players in New York’s Attacca Quartet."
“They may be a relatively young ensemble, but already they come very close to epitomizing the string quartet ideal...Mastery like this is scarce enough in quartets that have played together for decades.”
Photo by Shervin Lainez