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NATHAN BLAIR | CONDUCTOR

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Biography

BIOGRAPHY

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Nathan Blair is quickly establishing himself as a promising conductor. Starting from the 2023/24 season he will be 2nd Kapellmeister with the Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar.

 

His duties at the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar include the musical direction of the new production of Räuber Hotzenplotz and the premiere of Dys:Connect-Follow Me, a cooperation between the Theater Erfurt and the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar. He also conducts performances of My Fair Lady, La Cenerentola and Cabaret as well as other concerts with the Staatskapelle Weimar such as The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra and L'Histoire du soldat.

 

His other responsibilities include musical direction of To Hope! A Celebration, Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and the world premiere of Suite VII with the Manfred Bründl Quartet as the final concert of the Kunstfest Weimar 2023 with the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Opera Chorus and ensemble soloists of the Deutsches Nationaltheater Weimar.

From 2018 to 2023 he was Kapellmeister and Répétiteur at the Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbrücken. During this time he was also able to establish himself as a sought-after collaborative pianist and coach for singers and instrumentalists. His duties at the Saarländisches Staatstheater included the musical direction of the new productions of Evita, Die Arabische Prinzessin, Medea Senecae, Onomatopoesie and numerous family concerts. He also conducted performances of Carmen, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, The Nutcracker, Im weißen Rößl, West Side Story, Die Csárdásfürstin and My Fair Lady. He was the musical director of Korngold's Die stumme Serenade, a co-production between the Hochschule für Musik Saar and the Saarländisches Staatstheater. From 2022 to 2023 he also held at the aforementioned university a teaching position for accompaniment and song interpretation.

From 2019 to 2021 he assisted the conductor Mark Letonja at the Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg for the productions of Hänsel und Gretel and Parsifal. He was also asked to prepare the Orchester Philharmonique de Strasbourg for a concert tour.

He received his master's degree in conducting from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana, where he was awarded the position of Graduate Assistant Pianist and Opera Coach at Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theatre. In addition to conducting numerous orchestra concerts, he was awarded the task of preparing St Luke Passion with the IU Philharmonic for Maestro Krzysztof Penderecki, which Penderecki conducted while being awarded his honorary doctorate in 2017. He was also nominated to prepare Tod und Verklärung with the IU Concert Orchestra for the 2017 Cleveland Orchestra Residency.

As a composer, he recently premiered his composition Four Songs for the Untold with soprano Olga Jelínková and himself at the piano. He is also an award recipient of the National Young Composers Challenge with the Orlando Philharmonic in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

His main conducting teachers include Maestri Arthur Fagen, David Effron, David Neely and Murry Sidlin. As a collaborative pianist, his main teachers include Ivo Kaltchev, Caren Levine and Kevin Murphy.

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