The Cleveland Orchestra
At age 21, Nathaniel Silberschlag is the newly appointed Principal Horn of The Cleveland Orchestra. The appointment was made by The Cleveland Orchestra's music director, Maestro Franz Welser-Möst, after a 5-year long international search. The Principal Horn position of The Cleveland Orchestra is endowed as "The George Szell Memorial Chair."
The year before, Nathaniel was appointed Assistant Principal Horn of The Washington National Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra. At the age of 19, he was the youngest member ever to win a position with the KCOHO. He was awarded tenure at there after only 7 months.
Nathaniel received his Bachelor Degree in May of 2019 from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Julie Landsman. While at Juilliard, Nathaniel was a proud, and grateful, recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Nathaniel comes from a family of 17 professional musicians. Among them are former principal players of the New York Philharmonic, Italian National Orchestra RAI, and Jerusalem Symphony. He is the third generation of his family to attend the Juilliard School. Nathaniel made his debut in Italy at age 9. The story appeared on the front page of Italy’s newspaper, “La Stampa.”
Nathaniel has performed as a soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra, Bulgarian Philharmonic, Romania State Symphony, New York’s Little Orchestra Society, and The Chesapeake Orchestra. Nathaniel has also performed with ensembles such as The New York Philharmonic, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Orchestra.
Nathaniel is a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program. He was a student of Sylvia Alimena and was also a member of her Brass of Peace program. Nathaniel also spent two summers in the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute. In June of 2015, Nathaniel was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer, Laurel Bennert Ohlson award for artistry and excellence on the French Horn.
Nathaniel was a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in the summers of 2017 and 2018. In January of 2018, Nathaniel was named one of ten Zarin Mehta Fellows to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of their 2018 Global Academy. He has attended The Alba Music Festival, Italy since 2007. He attended The Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina in 2016.
Nathaniel is also a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet which has a new recording release due out in July.