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Eric Nathan’s (b. 1983) music has been performed in the United States and abroad at music festivals including the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Aldeburgh Music Festival (UK), Tanglewood, Aspen, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Banff Centre, Composers Now Festival (New York), Shanghai Conservatory New Music Week, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, and featured on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” and WQXR’s Q2 Radio. Composer Portrait concerts of his music have been presented by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble at the American Academy in Rome, by Hudson Valley Music Club and upcoming at the Tenri Cultural Institute (New York) in September 2014. Albany Records will release a debut CD of his chamber music in 2015, produced by Judith Sherman.


Nathan is currently a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and was the 2013-14 Frederic A. Juilliard/Walter Damrosch Rome Prize Fellow in composition at the American Academy in Rome. In June 2013, Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and at Chamber Music Campania (Italy).


Recent and upcoming projects for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons include a New York Philharmonic commission for principal trombonist Joseph Alessi to premiere on the CONTACT! Series at the Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, a Boston Symphony Orchestra commission for a new chamber work for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players to premiere in 2015, a new chamber octet for the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, and two chamber orchestra works for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and 2013 ISCM World Music Days, respectively. “DUO” for violin and piano receives its world premieres with Xiang Yu and Mei Rui at Yellow Barn and the Louvre Museum in Paris in September 2014.  This season Nathan’s music will also be featured at the 2014 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, Nuova Consonanza Festival (Rome), Composers Now Festival, and by the JACK Quartet, Momenta Quartet and A Far Cry.


Nathan’s works have been presented by orchestras including the American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), and Yale Symphony Orchestra. Chamber ensembles that have featured his work include the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Collage New Music, Momenta Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, Melos Ethos Ensemble, Spectra Ensemble, Damocles Trio, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Tanglewood New Fromm Players, Britten-Pears Ensemble, Mirari Brass Quintet, and the Syracuse Society for New Music, among others.


Nathan’s music has been recognized with a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 Rome Prize, ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Scholarship, BMI William Schuman Prize, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, ISCM-IAMIC Young Composer Award at the 2012 World Music Days, and First Prize in the ASCAP/SCI National Student Commission Competition. In addition, he has received the Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to the Tanglewood Music Center, League of Composers/ISCM Competition, American Modern Ensemble Composition Competition, selection for the American Composers Orchestra Underwood New Music Readings, the Brian M. Israel Prize from the New York Federation of Music Clubs, New York Art Ensemble Young Composer Competition, Dean's Prize from Indiana University, and the Abraham Beekman Cox and Beekman Cannon Friends of Music Prizes from Yale College.


Recent commissions include those from the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, for the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra, a Jerome Fund for New Music commission for the Momenta Quartet, New York Youth Symphony, ASCAP/Society of Composers Inc., Le Train Bleu, Winsor Music, Youth Orchestras of Prince William, Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College, and Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association,.


Nathan received his D.M.A. in composition from Cornell University, an M.M. from Indiana University, and his B.A. from Yale College. He also attended The Juilliard School Pre-College Division. His principal teachers include Steven Stucky, Roberto Sierra, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström and Kathryn Alexander. In addition he has studied as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival and School, Aldeburgh Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and Wellesley Composers Conference. Nathan serves as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.


Biography current as of 8/14.


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Eric Nathan, a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has garnered acclaim internationally through performances at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, and Louvre Museum. His music has additionally been featured by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry and the JACK Quartet.


Recent projects include commissions from the New York Philharmonic for its CONTACT! series, Boston Symphony Orchestra for its Chamber Players, Tanglewood Music Center, and violinist Jennifer Koh for a new solo work to premiere in 2016-17. Nathan has additionally been honored with awards including ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, BMI’s William Schuman Prize, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanlgewood Music Center.


Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and 2013 Chamber Music Campania (Italy). He received his doctorate from Cornell and holds degrees from Yale (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.M.). Nathan serves as Visiting Assistant Professor at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year.


In 2015, Albany Records will release a debut CD of Nathan’s solo and chamber music, “Multitude, Solitude: The Chamber Music of Eric Nathan,” produced by Grammy-winning producer Judith Sherman, featuring the Momenta Quartet, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui, and trumpeter Hugo Moreno.



Biography current as of 8/14.

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