The violinist Federico Nathan (Montevideo, 1986) is one of the greatest
improvising violinist of our time. He performs as a soloist in
ensembles and orchestras around the world. Being a versatile
musician, he participates in projects of a wide range of musical genres
and leads his own project, being the latter the meeting point of his
fervent creative curiosity.
In his music Federico Nathan proposes a journey through different
sound universes, erasing the barrier between classical music and
popular music by creating a free of prejudices and profoundly
Elements of rock, jazz, classical music as well as of Uruguayan
music converge in his music , while the balance of the planned
and the unplanned tips from one moment to the next.
Federico Nathan was born in Montevideo in 1986. He began his violin studies at the age of 8, with the Professor Nelson Govea.In 1998 he obtains the “A” Category unanimously by the jury in the Music Youth Contest.
Since an early age he shows a great interest in the world of improvisation, which leads him to create groups of various styles where he could develop this activity. During this stage, he has his first contact with the improvisation in tango, jazz and rock, without leaving the classical music studies.
In the year 2002 he debuts as a soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo as a part of the Music Youth Contest award. In the year 2003 he is selected to participate, representing Uruguay, in the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, organized by the OEA, in which tours all the American continent.
In the same year he obtains a full scholarship in the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with the professor Rainer Schmidt , and he is selected to travel to the International Music Festival of Santander where he receives master classes by Zakhar Bron, Silvia Macovici and Joseph Silverstein among others.
In 2004, Queen Sofia of Spain awards him a diploma as the best student of the year in his chair.
In July 2005 participates in the professor’s Mauricio Fuks classes in the International Music Meeting “Mozarteum” that takes place in Salzburg, Austria. In the same year he auditions for Mauricio Fuks and achieves the distinguished Jacobs full scholarship to begin his studies of Performer Diploma in the University of Indiana, USA.
During his residency in the University of Indiana he developed his career as a jazz composer and interpreter working and having classes with David Baker, Gilles Apap, Michel Camilo and Pablo Ziegler.
In the next year, he obtains the distinction of the Boston Bank Foundation “New Young Talents” and receives support for his travels on behalf of the National Music Fund.
Since the age of 14 he has performed as a soloist in the SODRE Symphonic Orchestra and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo, where he created and interpreted as a soloist in the project “Philharmonic Jazz”, that was acclaimed by the critics and audience.
After he graduates from the University of Indiana, he is selected by the violinist Didier Lockwood to study jazz in his Conservatory in Paris.
In 2010 he´s hired by the Spanish National Orchestra. In the same year, with the intention of expanding his horizons in chamber music, he develops himself with his quartet in the “Reina Sofía Institute” in Madrid, under the tutorship of Gunter Pichler (first violin in the Alban Berg quartet).
In the middle of 2010 he becomes a part of the educational projects organized by INAEM and the Spanish National Orchestra, participating in workshops in different institutes in Madrid.
In January 2011 he is selected by the Youtube Symphony Orchestra to become a member of it and play in the Sidney Opera Theatre, Australia. During this event, he is selected to perform as a soloist in a Vivaldi concert along with Richard Tognetti.
In September 2011 he is accepted in the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin to study a Master Degree with the professor Ulf Wallin.
In the same year, he performs his concert for violin and orchestra for
the first time together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Montevideo.
In 2012 wins the Annual Music Award by the MEC in the category
``Música Ciudadana” for his composition “Children of the South” in Montevideo.
In 2015 wins the same award in the category “Música Academica”.
As a composer, performer and teacher he has participated in works for Orchestra, Chamber Music Groups, Soloist. Also he has given master classes in different countries such as France, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, USA, Brazil, Greece,Cuba and Uruguay.
As a soloist he has performed with a wide range of artists, from Banda Magda to Snarky Puppy and Chano Dominguez.
In the year 2013, the Federico Nathan Quintet wins the “Best Band Award” in the International Jazz Competicion Europafest 2013, that takes place in the city of Bucharest.
In the same year he wins along with his group Four Fusion the Jazz Community award in the Clazz Latin Jazz Festival in Madrid.
In 2013 one of his arrangements is performed by trumpet soloist Manuel Blanco. This arrangement was recorded by the label DECCA for Mr Blanco´s CD.
He currently holds the first Violin position in the two times grammy awarded Metropole Orchestra in Holland.
With this Orchestra he has performed along with artists as Joshua Redman, Snarky Puppy, Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, Quincy Jones and Jacob Collier ,among others.
Federico is also member of the Cuareim Quartet.
In 2017 ,Federico is invited to be Professor at the Strings Department in
Berklee College of Music ,Valencia.
In January 2018 receives the Fraternity Award . Israel - Uruguay
FNQ - Federico Nathan Quinteto (Perro Andaluz, 2014)
Cinco - Cuareim Quartet + Marcelo Moguilevsky ( El Club del Disco,2015)
Jagüel - Federico Nathan Trio ( Perro Andaluz y Los Años Luz , 2016)
Danza . Cuareim Quartet (coming soon)