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Nathaniel W. Eschler

Composer - PhD


Nathaniel has a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance from the College of Charleston, and an MM from the University of Utah followed by a PhD from Brandeis University, both in Music Composition and Theory. He has also studied at the Frieie Universität in Berlin. He was recently a visiting composer at the University of Utah where he lectured on his music.

During his professional training, he studied with guitarists Mark Regnier (College of Charleston), Frank Koonce (Arizona State University), and with composers such as Martin Boykan (Brandeis University), Samuel Adler (Julliard), and David Rakowski (Brandeis University).

Currently, Nathaniel is Teaching with El Sistema Utah as Lead Teaching artist for theory, musicianship and music history. Along with his wife, Victoria, they launched the Eschler Music Foundation (EMF). EMF is dually devoted to the arts and social Justice. Under the umbrella of EMF, Nathaniel was integral in establishing the Boylan Heights Life Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Also, EMF hosts an annual concert series, devoted to premiering and commissioning works by living composers. EMF is also committed to community outreach, seeking to involve those who might need music as way to heal or build sustainable community.

Nathaniel’s compositions explore ideas of multiplicity. Multiplicity is the idea that each, individual music, while heard simultaneously, is made distinct through contrasting properties. His compositions also include both modern and postmodern constructs. Specifically, his music uses pure abstraction, music without repetition, and the postmodern, pure repetition. As a guitarist, his activities are mostly educational, with several thriving guitar studios located throughout the Triangle Area of North Carolina. As a theorist, Nathaniel seeks out a method for analyzing and thinking well about contemporary composition, in hopes of informing better composition and performance of 21 century music. Nathaniel’s dissertation, completed in 2011, discussed Elliott Carter’s Third String Quartet.

Nathaniel has had performances of his compositions in Berlin, Boston, Charleston, and Salt Lake City. He has worked with ensembles such as the Lydian String Quartet and the Canyon Lands New Music Ensemble. Has collaborated with with Sopranos Emily Robinson and Lindsay Kesselman, as well as Pianist, Miaomiao Wang and Trombonist Matthew Driscoll. On March 2, 2013 his new work for Soprano Oboe and Piano will be premiered during a weeklong residency featuring Dr. Samuel Adler.Nathaniel currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah with his wife, son, and dog.