About Nathan

Hailed as "wonderfully poetic," (Westfalen Post) and “very compelling in his power and presence” (International Composer), Nathan Carterette has distinguished himself in the concert world by performing a huge range of works from Elizabethan keyboard music to music written today. His innovative programming has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation. 

Nathan has performed in such venues as Weill Recital Hall and the Yamaha Piano Salon of New York City, the Gasteig in Munich, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe of Hamburg, and Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral. He has been presented in several universities such as the Berklee School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Radford University, Kent State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Busan National University, and Carnegie Mellon.

Educated at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Robert Weirich, and Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman, Nathan began his piano studies at the age of eleven with Cleveland’s legendary Birute and Anthony Smetona. A chance encounter in 2004 with Welsh composer-pianist Dafydd Llywelyn led to an invitation for intensive private study in Munich, including Llewelyn’s own works. This study led to the world premiere performance of Llywelyn’s monumental piano séance, ‘TimeQuake, no.VII, part.II’  in Hamburg. In 2013, Nathan traveled to Korea to record the complete piano works of pianist-composer Quentin Kim; he subsequently brought Dr Kim twice to the United States for concerts of his music.

Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, Nathan has performed the Goldberg Variations in concert halls, universities and churches throughout the states. His live recording of the Goldberg on Pittsburgh’s classical radio, WQED, became the most requested pledge drive item in that radio’s history. He recently recorded the Variations to be released in early 2019.

Nathan, together with organist Edward Alan Moore, form The Arsenal Duo featuring music written and arranged for organ and piano. The Arsenal Duo has performed many concerts in halls, churches, and universities throughout the country, from their 2013 in the historic Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, OH; they were also featured performers there for the 2017 American Guild of Organists Great Lakes Regional Convention.