Jacob Nathanson

CYM is delighted to announce a new member of our teaching faculty, Mr. Jacob Nathanson. Mr. Jacob hails from the South Hills of Pittsburgh and will be joining us as a piano and cello instructor. Welcome Jacob!

Jacob Nathanson’s musical education began when he was tall enough to reach the keys on the piano, soon afterward developing a passion for the cello. Over the course of his musical studies he has attended and performed at several acclaimed music festivals including the Meadowmount School, Encore School for Strings, the New York String Orchestra Seminar, the National Percussion Festival, and the International Music Academy of Pilsen (Czech Republic). Jacob has received his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, under the tutelage of Dr. Melissa Kraut.

Jacob’s piano accolades include being awarded 1st Prize at the Duquesne University Young Artists’ Competition, featured as a guest soloist at the National Percussion Festival playing Gillingham’s Concerto for Piano and Percussion Ensemble, and has achieved his Suzuki training through Book 1 with Suzuki Piano Trainer Kiki Barley.  Outside of music Jacob enjoys bike riding on the Riverfront Trail and going for walks with his dog, ‘Mr. Rogers’.

We sat down with Mr. Jake for a chat:

CYM: What is your Favorite piece of music to play and/or favorite composer?

Mr. Jake: Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir De Florence (Chamber Music), Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit (Piano), Ligeti’s Solo Sonata (Cello)

CYM: What is your most memorable music performance you’ve experienced?

Mr. Jake: Jean-Yves Thibaudet playing the second book of Debussy Preludes at Tanglewood 

CYM: If you could have lunch with anyone, who would it be (and what would you eat)?

Mr. Jake: Beethoven, and I would take him out for Indian food!

CYM: Favorite childhood book? 

Mr. Jake: Where the Wild Things Are

CYM: What is your favorite treat to eat?

Mr. Jake: I would call it a tie between almond croissants and pecan pie.

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