Eric Nathan (b. 1983) is an American composer, educator and conductor.
Dr. 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. Nathan served as Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition at the Williams College Department of Music for the 2014-15 academic year, and begins his appointment as Assistant Professor of Music at the Brown University Department of Music in the fall of 2015.
A 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, Nathan has garnered acclaim internationally through performances at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 Biennial, 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, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, Domaine Forget and Louvre Museum. His music has additionally been featured by the Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, American Composers Orchestra, Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, A Far Cry, JACK Quartet and performers including sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, trombonist Joseph Alessi, pianist Gloria Cheng, and violists Samuel Rhodes and Roger Tapping.
Recent projects include commissions from the New York Philharmonic for its CONTACT! series, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Music Center, a trio for sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton and Tony Arnold to premiere at a season opening concert at Merkin Hall, and violinist Jennifer Koh for a new solo work to premiere at the New York Philharmonic's 2016 Biennial. Nathan has additionally been honored with awards including ASCAP’s Rudolf Nissim Prize, four ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, BMI’s William Schuman Prize, Aspen Music Festival’s Jacob Druckman Prize, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Leonard Bernstein Fellowship from the Tanglewood Music Center.
Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and 2013 Chamber Music Campania (Italy). He is currently Assistant Professor of Music in Composition-Theory at the Brown University Department of Music.
Works for Winds
- Autumn Triptych (2008)
- Fanfare (2007)
- Jump Start (2010)
- Nightscape/Daybreak (2006)
- This Time, Next Year (2006)