Nathaniel Pierce, cello
Artistic Director

Nathaniel Pierce, cellist and tenor, is a highly active chamber musician. He is a Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the Anchorage Chamber Music festival, and Co-Education Director at the Innsbrook Institute. Pierce is a founding member of the Koinonia Piano Trio which has toured in Europe and in the States. They were Excel fellows at the University of Michigan. In 2013, he performed as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has also been a featured soloist with the Toledo, Dexter, Dearborn, Albany, Ann Arbor and Birmingham-Bloomfield Symphonies, as well as the University of Michigan and Indiana University symphonies. Pierce has taught classes at University of Michigan, Indiana University, University of Minnesota Duluth, and Western Illinois University. His students have gone on to study cello at Michigan State, Boston University, and Eastern Michigan Universities.

In 2014, Pierce was a prize-winner in the Matinee Musicale Competition. His quartet won the Kuttner Quartet Competition at Indiana University. As a member of the Bloomington Piano trio, he studied under Menahem Pressler. In 2008, he won the Louis Potter Cello Competition. Pierce has attended music festivals such as Aspen, Music Academy of the West, Kneisel Hall, Madeline Island, Innsbrook Institute, Chautaqua, IMAP, Green Mountain, Indiana String Academy, New Mexico Chamber Music Festival, Three Bridges International Music Festival, and Bowdoin Music festival.

Nathaniel has performed and featured many compositions by renowned University of Michigan faculty composers, William Bolcom, Kristen Kuster, Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng, and Paul Schoenfield. He has collaborated with Ayano Ninomiya, Jorja Fleezanis, David Halen, Yizhak Schotten, Steven Shipps, Martin Katz, Yehonatan Berick and others.

Nathaniel appeared on stage as a member of the children’s choir of the Brandenburg State Theater in Germany, where his parents were engaged as operatic soloists. He started his cello studies with Guenther Grossman, and Anna Zinke at the Cottbus Conservatory in Germany, and has studied with Marianne Jakobovitz, Ulrike Schaeffer of the Peter Cornelius Conservatory in Mainz, Germany, and Erling Bloendal Bengtsson in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has studied voice with Alice and John Pierce, George Shirley, Andreas Poulimenos. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Cello Performance at the University of Michigan under the instruction of Richard Aaron, and completed his Master of Music degree with Brandon Vamos at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is currently pursuing a DMA degree under the tutelage of Anthony Elliott, cellist, Martin Katz, collaborative pianist, and David Daniels, Professor of Voice, at the University of Michigan.