Owensboro Symphony’s Meet the Musicians: Nathaniel Shapiro

December 26, 2020 | 12:06 am

Updated December 25, 2020 | 8:03 pm

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While the community is staying healthy at home, Owensboro Symphony has offered the opportunity to have an up-close and personal look at some of its talented musicians.

With the Meet the Musicians series, performers talk about their instruments and share their passion for music.

Nathaniel Shapiro
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Shapiro began playing the violin at the age of 5. He learned from his mother until the age of 16, continuing his studies under the tutelage of Fabrizio Von Arx and Sergei Ostrovksy.


During his learning years, Shapiro was awarded a regional first prize in a solo performance at the Concours Suisse de la Jeunesse Musicale in 2005. In 2009, he also was awarded at the same competition a regional first prize and a national third prize in chamber music as a member of the Quatuor Sous-Sol.

Currently, Shapiro is pursuing a Doctorate of Music in violin performance under the tutelage of professor Kevork Mardirossian. He has earned the position of Assistant Instructor for the Jacobs School of Music.

During his academic years in the United States, Shapiro has had the opportunity to learn from great violin masters such as Kevork Mardirossian, Mark Kaplan, Daniel Heifetz as well as professor Nam Yun Kim. He has also participated in masterclasses including renowned musician Sunsic Yang.

He has also received an extensive chamber music education from various professors at the Jacobs School of Music such as Peter Stumpf, Stephen Wyrczynski, Ik-Hwan Bae, members of the Pacifica Quartet as well as Emile Naoumoff. 

December 26, 2020 | 12:06 am

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