NATHAN SCHRAM is a musician continually seeking creative experience whether as a violist, arranger, improviser, or teaching artist. As a performer with “gutsy, sultry color” (South Florida Classical Review), Nathan is the violist of the “deeply expressive” (Baltimore Sun) Bryant Park Quartet as well as a member of the Carnegie Hall trained ensemble The Declassified. Nathan explores other musical interests by playing with an array of adventurous ensembles such Alarm Will Sound, ACME, New York Baroque Incorporated, Le Train Bleu, New York Chamber Musicians, and the Wordless Orchestra. He is also a founding member of the jazz string trio Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to exploring within the jazz medium and performing their own compositions.
Nathan is an Alumnus of Carnegie Hall and Julliard’s The Academy. As an Academy Fellow, Nathan participated in frequent chamber music performances throughout the city’s leading chamber music venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Lincoln Center, and WQXR’s Greene Space. In addition to chamber music performances Nathan partnered with Elementary School PS75k in Bushwick, Brooklyn as the resident teaching artist. His experience as a teaching artist and Academy fellow was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden as a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition.
Nathan is a prizewinner of the 2007 Primrose International Viola competition, the 2006 Corpus Christi Concerto Competition and a First Prize winner of the 2008 ASTA National Solo Competition. He studied at Indiana University with Alan de Veritch and at the Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain with Diemut Poppen and Yuval Gotlibovich. Nathan has performed chamber music alongside Itzhak Perlman, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Phil Setzer, Atar Arad, Joshua Bell, Ron Leonard, and Jonathan Carney.
When he’s not performing, Nathan enjoys explorations in arranging. His arrangements for various ensembles have been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In his spare time, Nathan is also an enthusiastic painter.
As an athlete and lover of the outdoors Nathan was a cyclist on the School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Cycling team for Indiana University’s Annual Little 500. He has also spent 6-weeks experiencing the USA on a self-contained bicycle journey from Bloomington, Indiana to San Francisco, California. On his 25th birthday he completed the Ottowa Marathon.
Nathan is a proud and die-hard follower of the Atlético de Madrid Club de Fútbol