Being composer, arranger, contemporary violist and teacher; Nathanael Gubler approaches music from many, contrasting angles:
He has performed in the National Youth Orchestra of Switzerland and countless chamber music ensembles. Nathanael entered the Royal College of Music in London in 2015 where he studied with Dai Fujikura and Jonathan Cole and was awarded with a Clifton Parker Award and in 2018, the Elgar Memorial Price. His works have been performed in Switzerland, Canada, Thailand, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Brazil and at prestigious venues in the UK, including the National Portrait Gallery London. In 2017, he was selected by the Gaudeamus Festival to write a new piece for the Carillon in Utrecht and in the same year, was chosen to represent the RCM at the Leeds Lieder Festival 2017. Furthermore, he was invited to showcase his music at the TMAO Festival in Bangkok and at the VIPA Festival in Valencia, Spain and successfully auditioned as a viola player for 2017’s Britten-Pears Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop. Other viola projects include performances and recordings of contemporary works for solo viola, including Brett Dean’s “Intimate Decisions” and Salvatore Sciarrino's “Tre Notturni”. 2017 also saw the live broadcast of the premiere of his composition “Bruder Klaus genannt…” for Solo Oboe and seven Double Basses which was performed by Fabien Thouand, Soloist at LA SCALA and Enrico Fagone, artistic director of the Bottesini Competition. In 2018, he won the "Featured Young Performer" audition of the London Ear Festival which involved performances for influential guests including Luciano Berio's widow. As composer, 2018 saw the collaboration with the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgard, a commission for the 2018 ALBA Festival in Italy and an invitation to be Guest Artistic Director for the Borough New Music 2019 Festival in London. In addition, he was selected for the composer's seminar of 2018 Lucerne Festival Academy, which is led by Wolfgang Rihm and Peter Etövös.
Current commissions and projects include an extensive work for solo piano, a piece for chamber ensemble for the Lucerne Festival, a composition for three high voices as well as an arrangement of Debussy’s Cello Sonata (for cello and strings). In terms of performing, Nathanael will appear at the 2018 Huddersfield Festival and the 2019 Borough New Music Festival in London.
He is currently studying with Jonathan Cole. (Former teachers were Dai Fujikura, Jose-Maria
Sanchez-Verdu, Stefano Gervasoni and Melinda Wagner) and Viola with Ralf Ehlers (Violist of the Arditti Quartet).
Nathanael is extremely interested in and inspired by abstract art like Gerhard Richter, František Kupka, Antony Gormley,
César Baldaccini or Wolfgang Tillmans as well as astrophysics.