Faculty detail | Berklee Valencia Campus

Federico Nathan

Instructor Berklee Study AbroadContemporary Performance (Production Concentration)First Year Abroad

In Their Own Words

“My goal is to help the performer to develop all the qualities that will make them express, as easy as possible, their own artistic voices.”

“In my lessons, I help string players to expand into improvisation, composition, and go beyond the constraints of classical music training. Improvisation allows the performer to discover different kind of techniques, characters, and emotions.”

“Although I mainly focus on jazz, world music, tango, and classical music, in my approach to music there are no barriers in styles. … Music is music.”

“I’ve been a soloist in ensembles and orchestras around the world. As a versatile musician I’ve been participating in projects in a wide range of musical genres and lead my own projects.”

“Although I like to work with the creative and technical aspects of music through different kinds of exercises, everything in what I teach is in order to succeed with our mission as performers, which is to bring some beauty to the world.”

Career Highlights

  • As a composer, performer, and teacher, participated in works for orchestra, chamber music groups, and soloists, including one piece for the DECCA label
  • Taught master classes in countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, United States, Brazil, Greece, Cuba, and Uruguay
  • Performed as a soloist with a wide range of artists, including Snarky Puppy, Chano Dominguez, the Metropole Orchestra, and Banda Magda
  • Member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra and National Orchestra of Spain
  • Leader in the second violins group for the two-time Grammy-winning Metropole Orchestra in Holland

Awards

  • "A" Category, Juventudes Musicales Organization (1998)
  • Best violinist of the year, Queen Sofía Music School (2004)
  • New Young Talents award, Boston Bank Foundation (2008)
  • Musica Ciudadana award for his composition "Children of the South"
  • Best Band award, International Jazz Competition Europafest (2013)
  • Jazz Community award, Clazz Latin Jazz Festival (2013)
  • Musica Academica award for his composition "Leyendas del río Segura"
  • Fraternity Prize (2018)

Education

  • M.M., Hanns Eisler Conservatory
  • B.M., Hanns Eisler Conservatory
  • Diploma, Indiana University
  • Diploma, Queen Sofia School of Music