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Eric Nathan's (b. 1983) music has been described as being "as diverse as it is arresting," with "a constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth" (San Francisco Chronicle). Nathan, a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has garnered acclaim internationally through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, International Contemporary Ensemble, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Boston Musica Viva, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, A Far Cry, JACK Quartet, American Brass Quintet and performers including sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, violinist Jennifer Koh, trombonist Joseph Alessi, pianist Gloria Cheng, and violist Samuel Rhodes. His music has additionally been featured at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials, Carnegie Hall, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, Aspen Music Festival, MATA Festival, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Ravinia Festival Steans Institute, Yellow Barn, Music Academy of the West, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, Domaine Forget and Louvre Museum.

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 released a debut CD of his chamber music in 2015, recorded and produced by Judith Sherman, who received a Grammy Award for Producer of the Year for her work including that on this recording. The album features the Momenta Quartet, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violist Samuel Rhodes, oboist Peggy Pearson, pianist Mei Rui and trumpeter Hugo Moreno. (Le) Poisson Rouge hosted a CD release concert of Nathan's music in October 2015.

In the 2016-17 season, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Andris Nelsons premiere "the space of a door," the National Symphony Orchestra and John Devlin perform "Glimpse," the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) performs "Onement," the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra performs "Capriccio" from "Dancing with J.S. Bach," and the New York Virtuoso Singers premiere "how small a part of time" in New York City, among numerous other performances. 

In the 2015-16 season, Nathan received premieres of "Soul Perching," that sopranos Lucy Shelton, Dawn Upshaw and Tony Arnold premiered at the season opening concerts of both Merkin Hall and the Resonant Bodies Festival; "Far Beyond Far," for violinist Jennifer Koh that she premiered at the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial;  "Missing Words II" for the American Brass Quintet that premiered at the Aspen Music Festival; "This Old Place," a 50th Anniversary Commission from the Yale Symphony Orchestra; "Immeasurable" for organist Mark Steinbach which received its premiere at Cathédrale Notre Dame (Paris). A CD release concert tour took Nathan's music to (Le) Poisson Rouge (New York), St. Paul's Church (Brookline, MA), and the Hudson Valley Music Club (Dobbs Ferry, NY).

In the 2014-15 season, Nathan saw the premiere of “Why Old Places Matter,” a Boston Symphony Orchestra commission for the BSO Chamber Players in both Jordan Hall and at Tanglewood, along with performances by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng on the Piano Spheres series in Zipper Hall (Los Angeles), Yellow Barn, Domaine Forget, Alessi Seminar, International Trumpet Guild Conference, and the Momenta Quartet at the 2015 MATA Festival, National Gallery of Art, and Chamber Music America Conference. 

For 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.

Recent additional commissions include those from the Aspen Music Festival and School, Tanglewood Music Center, Boston Musica Viva, 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’s works have been presented by orchestras including the Boston Symphony Orchestra (with conductor Andris Nelsons), National Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Daejeon Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea), and Yale Symphony Orchestra and Brown University Orchestra. Chamber ensembles that have featured his work include the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, American Brass Quintet, Boston Musica Viva, Collage New Music, JACK Quartet, 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. Performers who have presented Nathan's music include conductor Andris Nelsons, sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, trombonists Joseph Alessi and Scott Hartman, pianist Gloria Cheng, violists Samuel Rhodes and Roger Tapping, trumpeter Allan Dean and oboist Peggy Pearson, among many others.

Nathan’s music has been recognized with a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013 Rome Prize, 2016 Copland House residency award, 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.

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, with working mentor composers including Mario Davidovsky, Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews, Bernard Rands, Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas, and George Tsontakis. Nathan served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year, and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at the Brown University Department of Music. Additionally, he has taught composition as a guest faculty member at Yellow Barn's Young Artists Program. 

Biography current as of 2/17.