Nathan Schram — Viola
Hailed by the New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan is a sought after violist, composer, arranger and improviser living in Brooklyn, New York.
Working with many of today’s great composers he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Brooks Frederickson, Elliot Cole and Brad Balliet.
He is a founding member of the string trio Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and performing their own compositions which released their debut album, Wedding Music, this year. Nathan is also a violist in the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda. He explores other musical interests by playing with an array of adventurous ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, New York Baroque Incorporated, Le Train Bleu, and the Wordless Orchestra.
Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory in Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York. In addition to their work in the U.S., Musicambia has collaborated with projects in Venezuela and Scotland.
Future engagements for 2015 include tours and performances with Björk, Gabriel Kahane, arranging, performing, and recording music with Becca Stevens, and teaching and performing at universities such as UCLA, Vassar College, Bowling Green State University, and correctional facilities around the country. 2015 will also see the premiere of Nathan’s new work for bassoon, clarinet, French horn, cello, and viola in New York City.
Nathan is an alumnus of Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s Ensemble ACJW. As an ACJW Fellow, Nathan participated in frequent chamber music performances throughout the city’s leading chamber music venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, and WQXR’s Greene Space. In addition to chamber music performances, Nathan partnered with Elementary School PS75k in Bushwick, Brooklyn as the resident teaching artist. His experience as a teaching artist and ACJW fellow was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden as a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Nathan is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition, and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. Nathan has performed chamber music alongside Itzhak Perlman, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Phil Setzer, Atar Arad, Joshua Bell, Ron Leonard, and Jonathan Carney. Learn more about Mr. Schram here.