Nathan Gatenby

Performer VIC/SA

Hailing from sunny Brisbane, Nathan is a Melbourne based percussionist with a passion for orchestral and chamber performance. Having completed his Bachelor of Music in Performance at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Nathan commenced his training at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2020.

Nathan’s career kickstarted after winning the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Snare Drum Award in 2017. Following an internship with the orchestra, he has since played with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet, Opera Australia, Queensland Ballet, the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, and more. He has toured internationally across Asia and Europe, and his playing has been broadcast live on national radio at Australian Youth Orchestra Camps. During his studies, Nathan was the runner-up for best undergraduate classical musician in 2017.

Nathan has run countless workshops in schools, including composition residencies and performances using instruments made out of vegetables. He has spent thousands of hours teaching music, and loves to use innovative methods to build confidence in young musicians. His favourite instrument is the eggplant castanet.

In his spare time, Nathan listens to an array of podcasts and audiobooks. On Sundays, he can often be found in his local church’s worship team on drums, guitar, piano, or if you’re unlucky, voice.