Photo: Sussie Ahlburg

Nathaniel Boyd



As an internationally recognised chamber musician and soloist, Nathaniel Boyd has appeared at the world's leading concert halls, including the Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Paris Opera. Described as an 'exceptionally gifted' recitalist by Musical Opinion in 2013,  Nathaniel is a laureate of numerous prizes for his work with the Navarra String Quartet including the MIDEM Outstanding Young Artist Award, Cannes (2008), Florence International Chamber Music competition, First Prize (2005) and a Borletti Buitoni Fellowship (2007) as well as being selected for representation by YCAT and as a soloist, by the Tillett Trust (2009). His recording of Vasks' Quartets and Haydn's Seven Last Words, with the Navarra Quartet, both received 5 star reviews from BBC Music Magazine. 


Nathaniel has appeared as a chamber musician at prestigious festivals including Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Rheingau and the BBC Proms and has toured Australia under the auspices of MusicViva. He has also collaborated on projects with choreographer Wayne McGregor at Sadler's Wells and in 2012 toured with Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens at venues including the Muziektheatre, Amsterdam and the Barbican. Recently he has appeared as Principal Cellist with major UK Orchestras including the Manchester Camerata, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Aurora Orchestra with whom he collaborated with the English Touring Opera for their Autumn Season.


Nathaniel's discography includes recordings of the Ravel Quartet and Shostakovich's Quartet no.5 for Sonimage (2010), Peteris Vasks: String Quartets 1, 2 and 3 for Challenge Records (2010), Haydn: Seven Last Words for Altara Records (2009) and a selection of contemporary Clarinet Quintets for Naxos (2008). Nathaniel took part in a live DVD masterclass with Bernard Greenhouse at the Wigmore Hall in 2003 and has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gyogy Kurtag and Ferenc Rados. 


Projects for 2013 have included a Purcell Room recital with pianist Alexander Boyd, a BBC Prom with the RSNO and an appearance at the Roman River Festival with regular collaborators violinsts Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Emma Parker and violist Rachel Roberts. Nathaniel is the cellist in the Atalanta Piano Quartet with whom he will tour Scotland this year, alongside pianist Simon Lane, violinist Cecilia Bernadini and violist Tom Hankey. 


Nathaniel plays a Grancino Cello of 1695.


Nathaniel is also a committed painter and sculptor and is represented by the Eva Breuer Gallery in Melbourne and the Redhill Gallery in Brisbane.