Nathan Harris

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biography

Nathan Harris, a versatile pianist and vocal coach, is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in collaborative piano with Martin Katz at the University of Michigan. A native of Massachusetts, he holds a B.A. in Music from the University of Chicago, where he studied with Svetlana Belsky and worked as pianist for the Vocal Studies Program. In 2012, he was a co-winner of the University of Chicago's Concerto Competition, performing Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the University Symphony Orchestra. His other performances have included a live radio broadcast on Chicago's WFMT and a pre-concert recital in Detroit's Orchestra Hall as part of the DSO's 2015 Tchaikovsky festival.


At the University of Michigan, Nathan regularly accompanies graduate and undergraduate instrumentalists and singers. In the fall of 2015, he will be responsible for coaching the school's opera production, a double bill of Gianni Schicchi and L'heure espagnole conducted by Kathleen Kelly.


In the summer of 2014, Nathan was invited to the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria, where he studied the interpretation of Lieder with master teachers Christa Ludwig, Elly Ameling, Helmut Deutsch, Rudolf Jansen, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, Andreas Schmidt, and Roger Vignoles. He has also played in the master classes of pianists Ann Schein, Jura Margulis, Lisa Kaplan, and Ya-Fei Chuang; harpsichordist Jory Vinikour; and singers Fran├žois le Roux, Paul Sperry, and Sanford Sylvan. An interest in contemporary music led him to the New Music on the Point festival in Vermont in 2012, where he premiered works by up-and-coming composers. In the summer of 2015, he will be attending SongFest in Los Angeles.


In addition to a wide range of vocal, chamber, orchestral, and solo repertoire, Nathan has experience performing jazz, soul, and rock music with groups in Boston and Chicago.


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