A major Australian emerging artist, Nathan completed his Bachelor of Music
(Performance) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of SSO
Principal Violist, Roger Benedict. Whilst at the Con, Nathan was the recipient of the
Frank Hammond Merit Scholarship, the Helen Bainton Award for most outstanding
violist with the highest viola mark and was Principal Viola in the Conservatorium’s
Chamber, Symphony and Tour Orchestras. He has also participated in masterclasses
with Lang Lang, Vadim Gluzman, Wolfram Christ, Paul Silverthorne, Carolin Widman,
Ivo-Jan van der Werff and William Coleman.
In 2016, Nathan was the first person to be selected into both the Australian Chamber
Orchestra’s Emerging Artist and Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Fellowship programs in
the same year. As a result, he was fortunate to tour and perform alongside such
incredible musicians as Pekka Kuusisto, Meta4 string quartet, James Ehnes and
members of the ACO and SSO. A particular highlight of his year was the opportunity to
perform the Mendelssohn Octet alongside Pinchas Zukerman at the Sydney Opera
From 2012-2015, Nathan was a member of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and in
2014, he also performed as a guest musician with the London Symphony Orchestra.
Nathan really enjoys playing chamber music and in 2014 and 2015, he attended the
Conservatorium’s Estivo Chamber Music Summer School in Italy as part of the ‘4’ String
Quartet. Whilst there, they performed in Verona and Mantova and received intensive
lessons with the Goldner and Amaryllis String Quartets. The quartet were finalists in the
2014 Musica Viva Chamber Music Awards and have also performed on TV and radio.
Nathan is also the violist in the Musica Intima Ensemble, a quartet that aims to perform
a broad range of classical repertoire to all sorts of audiences in small salon style venues.
Since 2017, Nathan has performed with the Brisbane based group, Ensemble Q. With the
ensemble, he has collaborated with Greta Bradman, Dale Barltrop, Paul Dean, Daniel de
Borah and several members of the QSO.
Nathan regularly appears as a guest musician with the ACO and SSO. In November &
December 2018, he has been invited to perform as Assistant Principal Viola with the
Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.