photo: Veronika Paluch

Inspired by Christian iconography, Nathan’s compositions emphasize music’s ability to propose emotional narratives by layering and/or juxtaposing simple musical ideas, or “sonic icons.“ This approach to composition—praised by the Boston Globe as “adroit and expressively efficient”—stresses the relationship between disparate musical ideas, which the audience is invited to reconcile of their own accord. And while the narrative journeys of Nathan’s compositions can thus be as varied as humanity itself, the subject of each work points only to One: the salvation of humanity.

Performance highlights from Nathan’s career include world premieres by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and internationally acclaimed violinists Chee-Yun and Jing Wang.

Nathan received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (D.M.A.) from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Kevin Puts. He has also had the privilege of studying with Michael Gandolfi at the New England Conservatory (M.M.), Thomas Oboe Lee at Boston College (B.A.), and Robert Aldridge at the Brevard Music Center.

Originally from Colorado, Nathan now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife and four boys.


Playing on the Edge 3

Release Date: July 14, 2023
Catalog Number: NV6520
21st Century
String Quartet
The Sirius Quartet returns with the long-anticipated PLAYING ON THE EDGE 3, adding to their ever-thrilling catalog with a fresh batch of imaginative compositions hailing from today’s composers. This installment of the acclaimed series dives into the concept of beauty, expressing itself in an extraordinary duality, with each work contributing its own unique take on the whole. PLAYING ON THE EDGE 3 offers up a vibrant and challenging selection, a verbose continuation of theme. From beginning to end, the Sirius Quartet proves that they’re not just playing on the edge — they’re living on it too.

Brass Tacks

Release Date: May 13, 2022
Catalog Number: NV6428
21st Century
BRASS TACKS from Navona Records offers far more than the fundamental idioms of classical music. While the works featured on this album pay homage to great classical and romantic composers, subtle contemporary flairs shine throughout this collection. Odd meters, blue notes, ferocious brass writing, and imaginative deviations from traditional song structures seamlessly push the envelope for brass repertoire. Delve into the rich sound of brass soloists and ensembles in this compelling multi-composer album.