Nathaniel West joined The Philadelphia Orchestra bass section in September 2017. He is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. West is a former member of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and he has performed in the bass sections of the Atlanta Symphony, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony and the National Symphony. He has also performed as guest principal with the Atlanta and Toronto symphonies and the Festival Teatro del Lago Orchestra in Frutillar, Chile.

As a chamber musician, West has performed regularly with the quintet Ensemble39 in Philadelphia and the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York, and he spent three summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. He has also performed chamber music at summer festivals such as Twickenham Fest in Huntsville, AL; the Vivo Music Festival in his hometown of Columbus, OH; and most recently at the Luzerne Music Festival in Lake Luzerne, NY, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in its annual residency in Saratoga Springs, NY.

Biography courtesy of The Philadelphia Orchestra
Photo: Jessica Griffin