Inspired by Christian iconography, Nathan Ball’s compositions place an emphasis on the 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 Ball’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 Ball’s career include world premieres by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and internationally acclaimed violinists Chee-Yun and Jing Wang.
Ball received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree 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, Ball now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife and three sons.