Nathan Laube

Nathan Laube

Nathan J. Laube is a rising star among young classical musicians and has quickly become a popular artist on the organ recital circuit. His brilliant playing, audience-friendly programs, and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe. A native of Chicago, Nathan began his music studies at age five with Donna Fortney; he later studied organ with Dr. Elizabeth Naegele, and piano and music theory with Dr. Louis Playford at the Chicago Academy for the Arts. At age 15, he was accepted as a full scholarship student at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied organ with Alan Morrison and piano with Susan Starr, and received the Institute's two highest awards at graduation: the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies.

Upcoming and recent performances include major venues in the United States and Europe: Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia, PA), in the closing event of the 2007 National Convention of the American Institute of Organ Builder; Jacoby Symphony Hall (Jacksonville, FL); Spivey Hall (Marrow, Georgia), a performance subsequently broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio's Pipedreams; The Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park (San Diego, California); and the 2009 National Convention of the Organ Historical Society (Cleveland, OH). In Kimmel Center's Verizon Hall (Philadelphia, PA), Nathan has appeared as a solo recitalist, organ soloist for the 2008 "Sing-Along Messiah," and has performed in the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra under Maestros Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach. With the Philadelphia Orchestra, he traveled several times to Carnegie Hall, most notably to perform Mahler's monumental Symphony No. 8. Other celebrated venues in which Nathan has performed include St. Bartholomew's Church, and Trinity Church, Wall Street (NYC); Princeton University Chapel (Princeton, NJ); The Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago, IL), Ocean Grove Auditorium (Ocean Grove, NJ), and the Franciscan Church and St. Nicholas Cathedral (Ljubljana, Slovenia), as the sole American organist at the International European Organ Festival held in 2004. Most recently, Nathan embarked on a debut recital tour of England in the summer of 2009, including evening celebrity recitals in Canterbury Cathedral and other celebrated British venues.

Recognition of Nathan's talent is evidenced by First Place awards he has received from the prestigious National Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in September 2004, as well as in the Chicago Chapter of the American Guild of Organists/Quimby Regional Competition for Young Organists in February 2007.

As a church musician, Nathan served as the first Organ Scholar at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, from 2006 to 2007, culminating in an extensive choir tour in South Africa. His previous positions include Organ Scholar at the historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Germantown (Philadelphia, PA), and Associate Organist at St. Pauls United Church of Christ (Chicago, IL).

In demand as an accompanist, he has worked with numerous chamber ensembles and choruses, notably the renowned Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia from 2005 to 2006 under the direction of Matthew Glandorf. He has also collaborated with violinist Jasmin Lin, oboist Jelena Dirks, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Chris Martin in acclaimed chamber music recitals in Chicago. Most recently Nathan served as organist for a weeklong choir-residency at the majestic Durham Cathedral (Durham, England).

Although Nathan's vast repertoire spans the works of pre-Baroque to living composers, he has become known for his colorful and virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works by Bach, Mahler, Rossini, and Strauss. As an Assistant Organist to Peter Richard Conte at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ - the world's largest and ultimate "transcription organ" - Nathan performed regularly on their daily recital schedule. In 2005 he appeared on WRTI Radio's broadcast of "The Wanamaker Organ Hour" playing many of his original transcriptions.

Nathan's other interests include medieval and modern architecture, gardening, international travel, exotic cuisine and cooking, as well as sketching and drawing. He is under the exclusive management of Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc. (Cleveland, OH).