Pianist Nathaniel LaNasa has performed at Carnegie Hall, Benaroya Hall, Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Institute and Festival for Contemporary Performance, Museum of Modern Art, (le) Poisson Rouge, Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium, and the Seattle Opera House, as well as in venues in Ireland, Italy, Spain, and France. As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, he performed John Cage’s Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall. Under the direction of Metropolitan Opera conductor David Jackson, Nathaniel was recently soloist with the Music Academy International Festival Orchestra in Beethoven’s Fourth Concerto.
He has presented several world premieres, including several works for piano and orchestra and music by Frederic Rzewski. A frequent collaborator with composer Tyler Harrison, Nathaniel presented the premieres his Concert Piece for Piano and Orchestra, his Piano Trio, and his Concerto for Piano and Winds.
A founding member of the Tobias Picker Ensemble, he was recognized in Feast of Music for his “poise and elegance” and his “deft sense of precision.” Nathaniel joined Tactus New Music Ensemble in Alban Berg’s Kammerkonzert as piano soloist alongside violinist Joshua Modney; the New York Times praised in particular “the stormy lyricism conjured by pianist Nathaniel LaNasa.” He also collaborated with flutist Joshua Smith and cellist Avery Waite to present George Crumb’s Vox Balanae at the Gamper Festival, which was hailed as a “definitive performance” by the Portland Press Herald.
Other notable performances have included live radio broadcasts on KING-FM Seattle and Vermont Public Radio as well as concerto appearances with Bravura Philharmonic, New York Repertory Chamber Players, the Manhattan School of Music Composer’s Orchestra, the Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Symphonic Winds at University of Colorado, and the Orchestra at the University of Puget Sound. Nathaniel is the recipient of many awards and scholarships; he won the Empire State Collegiate Piano Competition, the Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, the John and Henry Steinway Scholarship, and the Van Cliburn Alumni Scholarship.
A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, Nathaniel has studied with Julian Martin, Robert Durso, Deirdre O’Donohue, and Andre-Michel Schub. He has also studied fortepiano with Audrey Axinn, harpsichord with Lionel Party, and vocal music with Margo Garrett and Brian Zeger. He is currently on the faculties of the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York and the Académie Anglecorde in Paris.