Nathaniel Boyd

As an internationally recognised chamber musician and soloist, Nathaniel Boyd has appeared at the world’s leading concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Paris Opera. Described as an ‘exceptionally gifted’ recitalist by Musical Opinion after his Purcell Room debut with pianist Alexander Boyd in 2013, Nathaniel is a laureate of numerous prizes for his work with the Navarra String Quartet including the MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award, Cannes (2008), Florence International Chamber Music competition, First Prize (2005) and a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship (2007) as well as being selected for representation by YCAT and as a soloist, by the Tillett Trust (2009). His recording of Vasks’ Quartets and Haydn’s Seven Last Words, with the Navarra Quartet, both received 5 star reviews from BBC Music Magazine.

Nathaniel has appeared as a chamber musician at prestigious festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Rheingau and the BBC Proms and has toured Australia under the auspices of MusicViva. He has also collaborated on projects with choreographer Wayne McGregor at Sadler’s Wells and in 2012 toured with Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens at venues including the Muziektheatre, Amsterdam and the Barbican. In the past year he has appeared as Principal Cellist with major UK Orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra. Nathaniel was recently invited to join the World Orchestra for Peace for their BBC Prom under the direction of Valery Gergiev.

Nathaniel’s discography includes recordings of the Ravel Quartet and Shostakovich’s Quartet no.5 for Sonimage (2010), Peteris Vasks: String Quartets 1, 2 and 3 for Challenge Records (2010), Haydn: Seven Last Words for Altara Records (2009) and a selection of contemporary Clarinet Quintets for Naxos (2008). In April he appeared as principal cellist in a recording of the Shostakovich chamber symphonies with the Dmitri Ensemble for the Hyperion label. Nathaniel took part in a live DVD masterclass with Bernard Greenhouse at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 and has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gyogy Kurtag and Ferenc Rados.

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