Composer-in-Residence, Eric Nathan

Eric Nathan’s (b. 1983) music has been called “as diverse as it is arresting” with a “constant vein of ingenuity and expressive depth” (San Francisco Chronicle), “thoughtful and inventive” (The New Yorker), and as moving “with bracing intensity and impeccable logic” (Boston Classical Review).

Nathan, a 2013 Rome Prize Fellow and 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, has garnered acclaim internationally through performances by Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic’s Scharoun Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Boston Musica Viva,  JACK Quartet, American Brass Quintet, Ensemble Dal Niente, A Far Cry and performers including sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Lucy Shelton, Tony Arnold, violinist Jennifer Koh, trombonist Joseph Alessi, pianist Gloria Cheng, and violist Samuel Rhodes. His music has additionally been featured at the New York Philharmonic’s 2014 and 2016 Biennials, 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, Music Academy of the West, 2012 and 2013 World Music Days, and Louvre Museum.

Recent projects include three commissions from the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including two orchestral works, “Concerto for Orchestra,” which conductor Andris Nelsons and the BSO will premiere on the 2019-20 season-opening concerts, and “the space of a door,” premiered by Nelsons in November 2016, as well as a chamber work for the Boston Symphony Chamber Players. Nathan has received additional commissions from the New York Philharmonic for its CONTACT! series, Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival for the American Brass Quintet, Boston Musica Viva, New York Virtuoso Singers and the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University. Nathan has been honored with awards including a Copland House residency, 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 Tanlgewood Music Center.

Nathan served as Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival (New York) and 2013 Chamber Music Campania (Italy). He received his doctorate from Cornell and holds degrees from Yale (B.A.) and Indiana University (M.M.). Nathan served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College in 2014-15, and is currently David S. Josephson Assistant Professor of Music in Composition-Theory at the Brown University Department of Music. He also serves as a guest artist faculty member at Yellow Barn’s Young Artists Program.


2011-19 David Rakowski
2005-11 Peter Child
2002-05 Andy Vores
2000-02 Richard Cornell
1997-00 Michael Gandolfi
1994-97 Marjorie Merryman
1989-94 Richard Cornell
1985-89 Robert Kyr