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Eric Nathan (b. 1983), a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and 2013 Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome, has garnered acclaim internationally through performances at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, Carnegie Hall, Louvre Museum, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, Banff Centre, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, Shanghai Conservatory New Music Week, and Composers Now Festival (New York). He has also been featured on NPR’s radio show “From the Top” and named as one of NPR’s “100 Composers Under 40.” Composer Portrait concerts of his music have been presented by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble and JACK Quartet at the American Academy in Rome, by the Hudson Valley Music Club and at the Tenri Cultural Institute (New York) in September 2014. 


In June 2013, Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and at Chamber Music Campania (Italy). Albany Records will release a debut CD of his chamber music in 2015, recorded and produced by Judith Sherman, two-time Grammy-winning Classical Producer of the Year, featuring the Momenta Quartet, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui and trumpeter Hugo Moreno.


In the 2013-14 season, Nathan’s projects included “As Above, So Below,” a New York Philharmonic commission that principal trombonist Joseph Alessi premiered on the CONTACT! Series at the Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, “Missing Words” for octet that the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble premiered in Rome and New York, “Gibellina” for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and “Paestum” for orchestra that the Melos Ethos Ensemble premiered at the 2013 ISCM World Music Days. “DUO” for violin and piano received its world premieres with Xiang Yu and Mei Rui at Yellow Barn and the Louvre Museum in Paris in September 2014. In addition, Nathan’s works were featured at the 2014 Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Nuova Consonanza Festival (Rome), Composers Now Festival, and by the JACK Quartet, Momenta Quartet and A Far Cry.


In the 2014-15 season, Nathan looks forward to the premiere of “Why Old Places Matter,” a Boston Symphony Orchestra commission for the BSO Chamber Players, along with performances by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng on the Piano Spheres series in Zipper Hall (Los Angeles), and the Mirari Brass at the Chamber Music America and International Trumpet Guild conferences. Upcoming projects include a new solo work for violinist Jennifer Koh to premiere during the 2016-17 season, and a song cycle for soprano Jessica Rivera and pianist Molly Morkoski.


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, Kevin Ernste, Claude Baker, Sven-David Sandström, Kathryn Alexander and Ira Taxin. 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 9/14.


Shorter Biography:


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.


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.


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.


Biography current as of 9/14.

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