MusiciansNathan Gatenby

Hailing from sunny Brisbane, Nathan is a Melbourne-based percussionist with a passion for orchestral and chamber performance. After completing 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’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, Camerata, the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, and more. His involvement with youth orchestras have seen him tour internationally across Asia and Europe, and his playing has been broadcast live on national radio at Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camps. During his studies, Nathan was the runner-up for Best Undergraduate Classical Musician in 2017, and a finalist at the Australian Percussion Gathering Competition and the MSO Snare Drum Award in 2016.

Whilst in lockdown in 2020, some of the ways Nathan occupied himself included integrating acoustic percussion with live audio effects, combining electronic music with the triangle, and learning a bit of French.

In 2021, Nathan joined the Kaboom Percussion team as an inaugural Melbourne-based performer. With buckets and bottles, he hosts exhilarating educational concerts in 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 teaching methods to build confidence in young musicians.

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 are unlucky, voice.


Photo by Pia Johnson

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