Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan Schram is the violist of the Bryant Park Quartet as well as a member of the Carnegie Hall trained ensemble Decoda. Working with many of today’s great composers he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Becca Stevens, Nico Muhly, Timo Andres, Gabriel Kahane, David Bruce, Brooks Frederickson, Elliot Cole, and Brad Balliet. He is also a founding member of the string trio Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and performing their own compositions. Nathan explores other musical interests by playing with an array of adventurous ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, New York Baroque Incorporated, Le Train Bleu, and the Wordless Orchestra.
Apart from performing, Nathan is the Founding Director of Musicambia, a New York based initiative establishing a network of music conservatories within prisons and jails in the United States. He is an Alumnus of Carnegie Hall and Juilliard’s Ensemble ACJW, and 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. Nathan has performed chamber music alongside Itzhak Perlman, Colin Carr, Gil Kalish, Phil Setzer, Atar Arad, Joshua Bell, Ron Leonard, and Jonathan Carney.