Currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree from Texas Tech University, where he is the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellowship, Nathan Southwick is a vibrant and active violinist and musician.
An avid chamber musician, he has been a participant in master classes with such acclaimed groups as the Shanghai Quartet, the Cypress String Quartet, the Claremont Trio, the Carducci Quartet, the Emerson Quartet and the Jerusalem Quartet, alongside regular coachings from the Fry Street Quartet. Nathan currently performs with the Elysian Quartet, the Graduate String Quartet at Texas Tech University. On both solo and chamber music literature, Nathan has had the opportunity to have classes with artist pedagogues Amit Peled, Igor Ozim, Felicia Moye, Michelle LaCourse, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Menahem Pressler, Philip Setzer, and Brant Bayless. Eagerly engaging in new opportunities, Nathan founded “Collegium Musicum,” an early music chamber orchestra specializing in historically informed performance, now the bona fide Performance Practice Institute offered at Utah State University, his alma mater. He has also toured with the USU Chamber Singers as a soloist throughout northern Italy, including a performance for Pope Benedict XVI. On the other end of the musical spectrum, Nathan has commissioned new works, including works by composers Noah Smith, Aaron Latina, and Aldeburgh/Spitalfields Composer-in-Residence Alex Groves.
In 2012, he won the Utah State University Concerto Competition and performed with both the Utah State Symphony and New American Philharmonic. In addition to these solo performances, Nathan has organized and participated in multiple composer “projects”, including the Mozart Project in Boulder, Colorado and the Vivaldi Project in Lubbock, Texas. He has also held multiple leadership roles in many orchestras, including Concertmaster of the USU Symphony, CU Symphony, Hot Springs Festival Symphony, Texas Tech Orchestra, Principal Second Violin of the Lubbock Symphony, and Associate Concertmaster of Utah Festival Opera Orchestra.
Nathan is a Presidential Scholar, recipient of the Presser Award, an Eccles Scholar, an URCO Grant recipient and was a selected Hesse Scholar at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England in 2012. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Utah State, he has been head teaching assistant to two established pedagogues, violinists Annie Chalex Boyle and Charles Wetherbee at Texas Tech and the University of Colorado-Boulder, respectively. An experienced teacher, Nathan has been teaching students at varying levels and ages for over ten years. He maintains a large private studio as well as instructing Music Performance, Music Education, and chamber music students at Texas Tech University. He has also coached and taught sectionals for the Utah, Lincoln, Boulder, and Lubbock Youth Orchestras.
Nathan holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Utah State University where he studied with violinist Rebecca McFaul of the Fry Street Quartet. He also holds a Certificate from the Kärntner Landeskonservatorium in Carinthia, Austria. As an exchange student in 2010, he performed with the Kammerorchester Kärntner and the Konservatorium Philharmoniker on viola, and studied with pedagogue Brian Finlayson. He also holds a Masters of Music Degree in Pedagogy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.