Nathaniel Efthimiou is the founding Music Director of Orchestra Contempo, the Assistant Conductor of Boston Civic Symphony, and the Assistant Director of Music at Park Street Church in downtown Boston. He recently completing doctoral conducting studies at Boston University under the guidance of Bramwell Tovey.
In 2015, he won the James Conlon Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he spent two summers as a conducting fellow studying with prominent teachers such as Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, and Hugh Wolff. In 2018, a performance he conducted of Strauss’s ‘Don Juan’ with the Aspen Conducting Academy Orchestra was featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. He has conducted orchestras such as the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra and the Aspen Festival Orchestra and has covered the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra and the Rhode Island Philharmonic under Steven Karidoyanes and Bramwell Tovey, respectively. In 2017, he completed an Artistic Administration internship with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, where he assisted newly appointed principal conductor, Robert Moody, and served as a member of the symphony’s artistic team. In the opera pit, he has participated in masterclasses with Nicolas McGegan and Patrick Summers, and he has assisted productions ranging from Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore.
Nathaniel is a passionate advocate for new music. In October 2018, he led four performances of Tom Cipullo’s provocative operetta, After Life, with the BU Opera Institute, and in August 2016, he rehearsed and conducted Flatline by Matthew Ricketts, 2016 Jacob Druckman Prize winner at the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition Studies. In collaboration with the Boston University Center for New Music, Nathaniel has stepped in to rehearse works by both student and faculty composers such as Klaus Lang and 2019 Boston University Composition Competition winner, Patrick Walker. A composer himself, Nathaniel has studied with Joel Hoffman, David Ludwig, and Georg Tsontakis. His work has been featured in composition festivals such as the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, “UPBEAT” in Milna, Croatia, and WSKG’s television program, Expressions, in Binghamton, NY.
As a violinist, Nathaniel has held leadership positions with the Southern Tier Symphony and the Houghton Symphony Orchestra. In a partnership with Chester Music, he is currently involved in the publication of newly edited and typeset editions of select works by British composer, Elizabeth Maconchy. He is currently resides in Boston, MA.