Sixteen-year-old Nathan Meltzer (nathanMeltzer.com) has played solo violin with the Berliner Symphoniker, the Bloomington Symphony, the Charlotte Civic Orchestra, the Evansville Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Muncie Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica Concepción, and the Pittsburgh Symphony. He has performed in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Israel, and across the U.S. This season, Nathan joins the Omega Ensemble (omegaEnsemble.com), solos with the Adelphi Orchestra and Ensemble 212, returns to the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and the Orquesta Sinfónica Concepción, and gives recitals at Juilliard, the Neue Galerie, and the 92nd St Y.
Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard Pre-College, where he is a Starling scholar. He began his music education in a second-grade orchestra class in Vienna, joined the "Violin Virtuosi" at Indiana University in 2011, and entered the Perlman Music Program in 2013. Nathan has played on NPR’s From the Top, most recently with Mark O’Connor, appeared with The Piano Guys at Carnegie Hall, performed with Gilles Apap, David Chan, and Augustine Hadelich, and taken lessons and masterclasses with Joshua Bell, Pamela Frank, and Jaime Laredo, among others.
Nathan plays an 1844 Italian violin by Johannes Pressenda on generous loan from Juilliard.
The WFSIC Team caught up with Nathan Meltzer to get to know him and the person behind the violin.
Who are your main inspirations in the musical world?
My teacher, Itzhak Perlman, is a warm, wonderful, funny, inspiring man. His wife, Toby Perlman, started a music school that changed my life. My other teacher, Li Lin, has an improvement for every note.
Where’s the strangest place that you have ever performed?
Brazil. Though perhaps the experience wasn’t so much ‘strange’ as ‘eye-opening’. I was there for a week with my violin group. One day we visited an inner-city music school where twenty-five children shared four violins, two cellos, and a bass. The next day we played in an elite primary/secondary school with manicured lawns and security walls topped with concertina wire. Another day was a country club performance followed by a street riot over bus fares.
Is there a particular place you would really like to perform?