Nathan Schram, viola

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Hailed by The New York Times as an “elegant soloist” with a sound “devotional with its liquid intensity,” Nathan is a sought after violist, composer, arranger and violist of the Attacca Quartet. Working with many of today’s great composers, he has premiered music by Steve Reich, Nico Muhly, Becca Stevens, Timo Andres, David Bruce, Elliot Cole and others. Nathan is also a founding member of Speed Bump, an ensemble devoted to improvisation and their own compositions. He has explored other musical interests by collaborating with an array of adventurous ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, yMusic, The Sebastians, and Founders. Nathan has collaborated, performed, and/or recorded with many of the great artists of today including: Björk, Becca Stevens, Itzhak Perlman, Colin Carr, Gabriel Kahane, Gil Kalish, Phil Setzer, Joshua Bell, and others.

Schram is 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. His experience as a teaching artist and ACJW fellow was documented by radio journalist Jeff Lunden as a 2-year, four-part series for NPR’s Weekend Edition. 

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. Musicambia currently runs a music conservatory in The Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York and is developing a school in South Carolina as well as programs overseas.