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Violinist Nathan Meltzer

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Born On June 5, 2000
United States
Born in United States
United States
United States
Violin Storioni violin on generous loan from the Rin Collection
Bow Dominique Peccatte
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The Juilliard School
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Itzhak Perlman | Li Lin
Notable awards/competitions won
Winner of the 2023 Concert Artist Guild Competition | 2022 Sibelius Competition Second Prize | Prizewinner 2022 Singapore International Violin Competition | 2020 Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant | Windsor Festival International String Competition First Prize

Winner of the 2023 Concert Artist Guild Competition, violinist Nathan Meltzer is establishing a career as both a soloist and chamber musician adept in both standard and contemporary repertoire.

Nathan is also a major prize winner at the 2022 Sibelius and Singapore International Violin Competitions, recipient of the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and youngest artist to win the Windsor Festival Competition.

Nathan has performed as a soloist with major orchestras around the world — including the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Finnish RSO, the Helsinki Philharmonic, and the Aalborg, Charlotte, Concepción, Indianapolis, Medellín, Montréal, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras, among others.

As a chamber musician, Nathan has performed with celebrated musicians through series including Parlance Chamber Concerts, the Chamber Music Society of Palm Beach, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Kallos Chamber Music Series, the Terezin Music Foundation, Project Music Heals Us, the Heidelberger Frühling, and Midori’s Partners in Performance.

His festival appearances include ChamberFest Cleveland, Krzyzowa Music, Moritzburg Festival, Ravinia Festival Institute, Music@Menlo’s International Program, the Perlman Music Program, and Verbier Festival Academy.

He is also the founding violinist of the Emil Trio, and the Artistic Director of Opus Illuminate, a non-profit chamber music organization dedicated to the works of composers from historically underrepresented communities.

A Juilliard graduate and student of Li Lin and Itzhak Perlman, Nathan plays on a Storioni violin on loan from the Rin Collection.

Nathan Meltzer
What are your hobbies outside of music?
I’ve spent the past few years getting deeply invested into coffee, and I make it a point to visit as many cafes that I can wherever I travel to. And I try to combine that with my love of biking, leading me to bike rather long distances for a cup of coffee that I want to try. I also really enjoy cooking!
If you were not a musician, what profession do you feel you’d be doing now?
It would be my dream to run a cafe. And if I was able to, I’d love for it to double as a contemporary chamber music venue in the evenings, but maybe that would still constitute me being a musician :)
What would be your dream gig?
Any concert where I’m able to play music that I love and am interested by with musicians that challenge and inspire me is a dream gig!
What is a song that makes you turn the radio up?
I love Hozier and Sammy Rae, so I’ll listen to any song by either of them. I was also recently introduced to the the very bizarre Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, so I’m always curious to listen to more of their stuff.
What would you say makes you unique as a musician?
I think every musician is unique and everyone has something meaningful to share. I try to be the best version of myself and say what I want to say when I’m playing music that I love.
Do you keep all 3 meals phone free? No social media scrolling.
When I eat with other people, of course I try to be phone free! When I’m alone though, I’m generally on YouTube or watching a show on my iPad.
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