Nathan Olson


Fanchon & Howard Hallam Chair

A native of Berkeley, California, violinist Nathan Olson began his appointment as Co-Concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. He has served as Adjunct Faculty at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas College of Music. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, Nathan studied with William Preucil and Paul Kantor. Currently Concertmaster of the Breckenridge Music Festival, he has participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Bravo Vail Music Festival and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Nathan is a member of the Baumer String Quartet, whose debut recording will be coming out in the next year. The BSQ serves on faculty at the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop and the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop, and has held residencies at several institutions, including Southern Methodist University, the University of North Texas, the University of South Florida, and the University of South Dakota.

A winner of the Joseph and Elsie Scharff prize in violin at CIM, Nathan has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, the Berkeley Symphony, the Oakland East Bay Symphony and the Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Nathan has appeared as Guest Concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Toronto, Omaha, and Tucson, and as Principal Second Violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. While completing his Bachelors degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Nathan earned minors in both Mathematics and Music Theory.