Nathaniel Meyer is one of three winners in the 2008 Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. He will be performing the first movement of Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major in Pro Arte’s Wunderkinds of Music subscription concert on November 30, 2008.
Nathaniel is a senior at Belmont High School, where he plays in the Wind Ensemble. He studies at the Powers Music School in Belmont with Al DiPietro, with whom he began lessons at age 8. In 2007, he began additional study with former Metropolitan Opera trumpeter James Pandolfi. Since 2004, Nathaniel has played Principal Trumpet in the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO), in the Boston Youth Symphony (BYS), and at the annual Massachusetts Music Educators’ Association (MMEA) Northeast District Festival. In 2006, 2007, and 2008 Nathaniel played Principal Trumpet at the MMEA All-State Festival. He has played in the New England Conservatory Scholarship Brass Quintet. During the summers of 2005-2007, he attended the Atlantic Brass Quintet Summer Seminar. In 2008, he received a fellowship to the Bay Brass Summer Institute in San Francisco, where he studied with leading artists, including Christopher Martin, principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony.
Nathaniel was awarded 3rd place in the 2007 Boston Symphony Orchestra Youth Concerto Competition and 2nd place in 2008. He received a Gold Medal at the 2005 Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors’ Association Festival. Reviewing his performance with YPO of the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano and Trumpet, Richard Dyer wrote in the Boston Globe in January 2006: “Nathaniel Meyer, who is only 14, was outstanding in the prominent trumpet part, playing with spirit, accuracy, feeling and beautiful tone, especially in the low register… The finale was so rousing that it was encored.” Nathaniel took first place in High School divisions of both the 2007 National Trumpet Competition and the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Youth Solo Competition. In spring 2008, he made his solo debut with the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, and was a finalist in the Harvard Musical Association High School Achievement Awards program.