MusiciansNathan Gatenby

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

Nathan is a casual percussionist with the Melbourne, Queensland, and Canberra Symphony Orchestras. He has performed with the Bolshoi Ballet, Opera Australia, Camerata, the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, and more, having toured internationally with the Queensland Youth Orchestra. In 2021, Nathan was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and he was a finalist in the ANAM Concerto Competition. During his degree at Queensland Conservatorium, Nathan won the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Award, the Jim Massie Memorial Prize for runner-up to the best undergraduate classical musician, and he was a finalist in the Australian Percussion Gathering Competition.

Playing bottles, boxes and buckets, Nathan is a member of the Kaboom Percussion team, performing exhilarating educational concerts in metro and regional schools across Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. He has spent thousands of hours teaching and conducting music in schools, and loves to use innovative educational techniques to build confidence in young musicians. He has developed his own school shows using instruments made entirely from vegetables, and his favourite instrument is the eggplant castanet.

Expanding upon his affinity for music featuring percussion and electronics, Nathan worked with Berlin based composer Thomas Meadowcroft to premiere a new work for solo percussion and live electronics in 2021, as part of the ANAM Set project.

In his spare time, Nathan loves exploring the city for the trendiest cafes. On Sundays, he can often be found in his local church’s worship team on drums, guitar, piano, or if you’re unlucky, voice.


FROM: Brisbane, QLD. Lands of the Jagera/Turrbal peoples.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Annie Chapman, John and Sue North, Ken Schroder

Photo by Pia Johnson

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