Nathaniel Efthimiou is the founding Music Director of Orchestra Contempo, a Boston based orchestra with a dual mission to provide performance opportunities for young professional musicians and unique, live concert experiences for audiences. He is also the Assistant Conductor of the Boston Civic Symphony. In May 2020, he will complete a Doctorate in Conducting at Boston University, where he studied with Maestro Bramwell Tovey.
In 2015, he was awarded the James Conlon Conducting Prize at the Aspen Conducting Academy, a distinction which brought with it a re-invitation to return as a conducting fellow the following season. 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 guest conducted the Boston University All Campus Orchestra, the Boston University Opera Institute, the Houghton Symphony Orchestra, and the Houghton Lyric Theater. In 2017, he completed an Artistic Administration internship with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In masterclass settings, Nathaniel has conducted the Bahuslav Martinů Philharmonic and the Aspen Festival Orchestra, studying with leading conducting pedagogues such as Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, and Hugh Wolff. In the pit, he has participated in opera masterclasses with Nicolas McGegan and Patrick Summers and 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. As a performing organist, he has been featured on numerous American Guild of Organists programs, including the Rising Stars series in Binghamton, NY. In 2017, he served as the organist and choirmaster at the Lake Delaware Boys Camp in Lake Delaware, NY.