Nathan Fifield has been cited by critics for his “forceful and expressive” musicality, his “technical clarity,” and “an energy and enthusiasm that is contagious.” An extremely versatile musician, Mr. Fifield has distinguished himself as a conductor in symphonic, operatic, and ballet repertoire, and works as a vocal coach, chamber musician, and composer.”
A sought-after conductor of ballet repertoire around the world, Mr. Fifield has conducted at many top companies including the Dresden Semperoper Ballett, Ballet du Capitole Toulouse, Opera de Bordeaux, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Mr. Fifield recently debuted with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in performances throughout the UK and returns for his third season to Dresden’s Semperoper Ballett to conduct Nutcracker and Labyrinth, an evening of works by Balanchine, Ohad Naharin, Martha Graham, and Joseph Hermandez. As principal conductor of the Nashville Ballet for the past seven years, Nathan conducted the Nashville Symphony in four productions last season, including the Ben Folds Project featuring works by Val Caniparoli and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Other recent engagements include Ballet du Capitole Toulouse in Giselle, Pennsylvania Ballet in The Prodigal Son and the farewell performances of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet at the Kennedy Center. He was Music Director of the Tulsa Ballet for five years and also served as Associate Conductor at Northern Ballet for five years where he conducted over 50 performances a year. Mr. Fifield has been a conductor at the Opera de Bordeaux for four seasons and conducted a rare and highly acclaimed Serge Lifar program broadcast on French National Television.
Equally at home in the opera world, Mr. Fifield has gained attention for his skill in bringing singers, chorus, and orchestra into “perfect balance.” Starting his opera career as a repetiteur and chorus master, Nathan has conducted numerous productions including Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Hansel and Gretel,West Side Story, Evita, Light in the Piazza, Into the Woods and others in addition to frequent oratorio and choral collaborations. He is the past music director of Light Opera of Oklahoma and has conducted productions at Utah Festival Opera, Chelsea Opera, One World Symphony and served on the music staff of Houston Grand Opera and Opera in the Heights.
No less skilled as a symphonic conductor, Mr. Fifield was invited by Michael Tilson Thomas to conduct the New World Symphony as one of three finalists for the symphony’s conducting fellowship. He conducted the Breckenridge Music Festival in several concerts last season and has been a guest conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked with the Albany Symphony, the Princeton Symphony, the Oakland Youth Symphony, the Curtis School of Music Orchestra, the Bakersfield Symphony, the Detroit Youth Symphony, the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln Square Orchestra and others.
As a pianist he has worked for many leading ballet companies including American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Houston Ballet, Mark Morris Dance Group,Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and many others. A frequent chamber musician, Mr. Fifield has accompanied recitals at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center. He is also a two-time Billboard Classical charting pianist with five bestselling albums of ballet piano music.
A native of Idaho, Mr. Fifield received piano and conducting degrees at the Mannes College of Music in New York. His conducting teachers include David Hayes, Michael Tilson Thomas, Michael Morgan, Dan Lewis, Rossen Milanov, and Gustav Meier.