Nathan Cottrell

Montgomery Symphony Cello Fellow


   Nathan Cottrell, a native of Huntington Beach, California, is
active across the United States as soloist, chamber musician, and
conductor. Having recently completed the Performance Diploma
at Michigan State University with a full scholarship under Suren
Bagratuni.
   Growing up in the Los Angeles area afforded Nathan the
opportunity to study with many wonderful musicians including
Andrew Shulman, Ron Leonard, Marlin Owen, Richard Naill, and
Vicki Bacon. While a student studying cello and chamber music
at the Colburn School, Nathan was featured in concerts at the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, Colburn’s Zipper hall, and as prize
winner in several competitions across California.
   His Bachelor’s degree was earned at Biola University where
Nathan was a featured soloist with the Biola Orchestra, cellist of
the Honors Quartet, and adjunct conducting faculty while still a
student. He has since been sought after to return as guest conductor,
instructor, and artist. During his time at the University of Memphis,
Nathan earned his Master’s degree in cello performance under the
tutelage of Leonardo Altino (a former Montgomery Symphony Cello
Fellow from 2000-02) and orchestral conducting under Pu-Qi Jiang.