Cellist Nathaniel Abreu, soloist for January 2017 concerts

Nathaniel Abreu, cellist – Winner of the 2017 Ehlers Young Artist Competition

We in the Orchestra are thrilled to have Nathaniel as our soloist. As Music Director Dick Pittman describes in his notes for the concert, Nathaniel’s mature musical expression makes his rendition of the Kabalevsky Concerto very exciting to play. Don’t miss the chance to hear this wonderfully musical Young Artist.

Concerts are January 27 & 28, 2017 at 8pm. Come early, at 7:15, to hear other competition honorees present their prelude recitals.
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Here’s a bit of background:

“Nathaniel Abreu is 15 years old and attends the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, where he studies cello with Sam Ou. Nathaniel won 1st Place in the NEC Prep Concerto Competition in 2015, and his chamber groups were featured in the 2012, 2013, and 2015 Chamber Music Showcase Gala Concerts in Jordan Hall.”

“Nathaniel is an enthusiastic chamber musician and orchestra player as well as a soloist. He is a current member of the Youth Symphony (principal cellist) directed by Steven Karidoyanes, the String Chamber Orchestra directed by Peter Jarvis, and a piano trio coached by Laura Blustein. In addition, Nathaniel enjoys playing Jazz and Klezmer. He studies Jazz improvisation at NEC with Eyran Katsenelenbogen and is in a Klezmer duo coached by Jim Guttmann. Over the past few years, Nathaniel has performed in master classes with the Omer String Quartet, the Triple Helix Piano Trio, and most recently, with cellist Owen Young of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He participated in the String Quartet Workshop and the Young Artists Orchestra programs at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute this past summer (2016), and has attended Encore-Coda Music Camp in prior years. In addition to his musical studies, Nathaniel is an avid baseball player in the Cambridge Babe Ruth League, and enjoys doing close-up magic.”

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