03/10 | Nathan Laube


Nathan Laube, “Once a ‘rising star,’ is now an international star, and his consummate musicianship is justifiably celebrated worldwide.” (The Tracker). The American organist holds a place among the world’s elite performers and pedagogues. From 2013-2020 he was Professor of Organ at the renowned Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York, USA); for the 2020/2021 academic year, he accepted an appointment as professor for organ at the State University for Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. He has also been working at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Great Britain) as an "International Consultant in Organ Studies" since 2018. Nathan Laube’s extensive recital career includes major venues spanning four continents, with appearances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Dortmund Konzerthaus, Royal Festival Hall in London, Cankarjev Dom in Ljubljana, and the Sejong Center in Seoul. Highlight performances in the USA include the concert halls of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Nashville, Kansas City, and Los Angeles. Notable recent appearances have included the first inaugural recital of the restored Harrison & Harrison organ of King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, as well as performances at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In May of 2018 he performed the Hindemith Kammermusik VII with the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker (formerly Orchestra Academy) as part of a residency at the Philharmonie. For the summer of 2017 he served as the first “Organist in Residence” at the famous 1738 Christiaan Müller organ at the St. Bavo Kerk in Haarlem, the Netherlands. Nathan also frequently presents concert tours in the United Kingdom, where highlight venues have included York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, Ely Cathedral, Hereford Cathedral and Truro Cathedral; and in 2019 he performed Bach’s complete Third Book of the Clavierübung at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Mr. Laube is a regular guest at the most important organ festivals around the world, appearing in the capacity of performer, pedagogue, and lecturer: Internationales Musikfest Hamburg (DE), Berlin Orgelsommer (DE), the Stuttgart Internationaler Orgelsommer (DE), the Naumburg Orgelsommer (DE), the 300th Anniversary festival of the 1714 Silbermann organ in the Freiberg Cathedral (DE), the Dresden Music Festival (DE), the Orléans Organ Festival (FR), Bordeaux Festival d’Été (FR), the Lapua Festival (FI), the Lahti Organ Festival (FI), the 2015 and 2016 Smarano Organ Academy (IT), the Stockholm Organ Space Festival (SE) Göteborg International Organ Academy (SE), The Vestfold Organ Festival (NO), the Max Reger Foundation of America’s 2015 Max Reger Festival (USA), the Chicago WFMT Bach Project (USA), the 2019 OHS “Symphonic Organ Symposium” (USA), and several EROI Festivals at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA). Performances for conventions and conferences are frequent. Mr. Laube was a featured performer at seven national conventions of the Organ Historical Society (OHS). Mr. Laube also serves in several leadership roles for the OHS, as Chair of the Friends of the Library and Archives, and served as co-chair with Myles Boothroyd for the 2018 OHS national convention in Rochester, NY. For the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Nathan was a featured performer at their national conventions in 2010 in Washington, DC and in 2012 in Nashville, TN, as well as numerous regional conventions. Mr. Laube has two CD recordings available: the Stephen Paulus Grand Concerto on the Naxos label (NAXOS 8.559740) recorded with the Nashville Symphony, Giancarlo Guerrero, conducting, which received a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Compendium; and a new solo recital recording on the Ambiente label (AMBIENTE ACD-1062), recorded at the Stadtkirche in Nagold, Germany. He has collaborated with solo artists including Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet with the Berliner Philharmoniker; Chris Martin, principal trumpet with both the Chicago and New York Philharmonic; and violinist Rachel Barton Pine. In April 2019, he launched documentary-style radio program, “All the Stops,” on the WFMT Radio Network Chicago, consisting of four two-hour programs which feature many of the world’s most famous organs in Europe and the United States and explore their unique histories and repertoire.
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