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, approachable ‘Poets of the Piano’ has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation. 

‘Poets’ is a narrative-recital format presenting a wild variety of piano music under common poetic themes, linking together composers across history and today. In the Fall of 2018, Nathan took ‘Poets’ on a 25-city American tour, performing to enthralled audiences in theaters such as the Indian Wells in Palm Desert and the Rhea Miller in Saginaw; in many universities such as UC-Santa Cruz, UT-El Paso, Louisiana State, University of Vermont, University of South Florida and more; and in church venues and retirement homes.

Appearing also in traditional formats, Nathan has been presented 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; in several universities such as the Berklee School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Busan National University of South Korea, and Carnegie-Mellon.

Educated at Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman, and University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Robert Weirich, 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. This 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.

Known for his dedication to the music of Bach, Nathan has performed the Goldberg Variations in dozens of concerts in America, Europe, and Asia. His live broadcast 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 April 2019.

Nathan, together with organist Edward Alan Moore, form The Arsenal Duo. They have performed many concerts throughout the country, from their 2013 debut 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.