A native of Berkeley, California, violinist Nathan Olson is Co-Concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, a position he assumed in 2011. Nathan has appeared in recent seasons as Guest Concertmaster with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Omaha, and Tucson, and as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in Dallas, Nathan was Concertmaster with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and CityMusic Cleveland. Currently Concertmaster of the Breckenridge Music Festival, he has participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Bravo Vail Music Festival, and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.
Nathan is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music's prestigious Concertmaster Academy, where he studied with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil. Nathan also received his Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (with Academic Honors) degrees from CIM, studying with Paul Kantor and William Preucil. A winner of the Joseph and Elsie Scharff prize in violin at CIM, he has performed as soloist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony, and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra.
A dedicated chamber musician, Nathan has collaborated with Robert McDuffie, Roberto Diaz, Andrí©s Diaz, Hsin-Yun Huang, Elaine Douvas, Gary Graffman, Peter Salaff, Sharon Isbin, David Tanenbaum, and the Cavani String Quartet. As a member of the Baumer String Quartet, he is on faculty with the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop and the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop. He has served on faculty at the Innsbrook Music Festival and won the silver medal at the 2005 Fischoff International Chamber Music Competition. While completing his B.M. at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nathan earned minors in both Mathematics and Music Theory.