Nathan Matthews

Percussionist / Collaborator / Artist / Educator

Nathan Matthews (b. 1994) is a percussionist, avid performer, and artist currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Nathan received a Bachelor of Music Education with a Performance focus from Winthrop University under Dr. B. Michael Williams and Dr. Adam Snow. In 2016 he was named the Presser Scholar for outstanding achievement in music at Winthrop University. 

Nathan's musical career began in high school playing drum set in various local bands and studying percussion at the Fine Arts Center under Dr. Gary Robinson. He booked two, 2-3 week long, east coast tours for his independent music outfit He spent a year at the University of South Carolina studying under Dr. Gordon Hicken before transferring to Winthrop University.

Nathan is currently the Director of New Music through Concerts at the Courtroom in Rock Hill, SC. This series focuses on community oriented, large scale, audience involved works. As director, Nathan has organized and brought Terry Riley's In C, Michael Pisaro's ricefall (2), Jason Treuting's Amid the Noise, and the Oneaka Mack West African Dance Ensemble. 

Nathan has performed two full school recitals and has performed solo, chamber, and ensemble concerts in and around the Rock Hill / Charlotte, NC area. Recently he released his debut solo record To Be Sure featuring two commissions from composers Elliot Cole and Skyler Hill. In 2016 Nathan attended the So Percussion Summer Institute at Princeton University. There he played on premier performances of Spokane by Daniel Webbon and Discotheque by Wally Gunn. He also played on Music for Wood and Strings by Bryce Dessner in the second group to ever do so. Nathan has performed twice at the Big Ears Music festival in Knoxville, TN. In the 2016 festival he performed on John Luther Adams's Inuksuit and in 2017 on Michael Pisaro's a wave and waves. In 2015 he premiered his collaborative sculpture installation, Repaired Piano, with artist Connor Clinch, at the Sold Out gallery opening in Rock Hill, SC. Nathan's musical theater outfit recently completed their four act musical during an October month long residency at a regional Charlotte venue and performed on the 2017 Boom Festival. 

Nathan's most recent projects include the recording and release of two solo marimba commissions, a ray of living light by Elliot Cole and Themes For Now by Skyler Hill. As well as commissioning a new piece for marimba and electronics from Brandon Brussard.

Photo by Lindsey Bargar
Photos by Neesmith Onzeur 

Photos by Neesmith Onzeur