Nathan’s music is by turns complex and restrained, extreme and conventional, using consonance and dissonance in equal measure and covering a wide range of styles. Nathan has written many works for amateur performers and his music has a knack of ‘pushing’ to new territory whoever it is written for, whatever their ability or experience.
Current projects include recording The little that was once a man with tenor James Gilchrist as part of the ‘100 Years of British Song’ project, three CDs of recent British music for SOMM Recordings. Nathan is also revising and re-arranging of several former works, including Crystal (2008) for performance in 2021 by the Rossetti Ensemble, and making arrangements of Endings (2001) and Homecoming (2007) for other instrumental combinations.
Nathan studied composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Malcolm Singer, at Yale University with Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Joan Panetti and Aaron Jay Kernis, and at Oxford University with Robert Saxton.