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Robert Nathanson

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Robert Nathanson




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Classical Guitar, Music History

Master of Music, University of Arizona
Bachelor of Music, University of Utah

Robert Nathanson is an active recitalist, orchestral soloist, and ensemble performer giving concerts throughout the United States, as well as performances in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, and Canada. A champion of new music, Robert has commissioned, premiered, and recorded works by David Kechley, William Neil, Jing Jing Luo, Ernesto García de León, Leo Brouwer, John Anthony Lennon, Ernesto Cordero, Marilyn Shrude, and several others. He has also been touring as part of the Ryoanji Duo (saxophone and guitar) and the North Carolina Guitar Quartet since 1992. He has recently released Images, a CD recording of all new music for guitar and saxophone, and will soon release At the Edge of the Body's Night, a CD of new music for soprano and guitar. A Liscio Recording artist (, Robert has also recorded two solo CDs entitled New York Sally and Exposure. Recent performances include as soloist with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, and with Frank Bongiorno, saxophone, (the Ryoanji Duo) at the 2009 Guitar Foundation of America Convention and the 2009 Radford University International Guitar Festival. In June 2009, Robert hosted and produced the second annual New Music Festival at UNCW performing as the Ryoanji Duo and Duo Sureño (guitar and soprano) with Nancy King. Robert has gained particular recognition in the Southeast as a past participant of both the Southern Arts Federation and North Carolina Touring Programs.