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, Nathan has conducted at many top companies including National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. He is currently the Principal Conductor at Nashville Ballet and Associate Conductor at Northern Ballet where he conducts over 50 performances a year. This season Nathan makes return engagements with San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and debuts at Oklahoma City Ballet. Repertoire highlights include four world premier productions: Casanova by Kenneth Tindall at Northern Ballet, Seven Deadly Sins at Nashville Ballet, and The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas at Northern Ballet, and a new work by Brian Sanders at Pennsylvania Ballet. Nathan has conducted at Opera de Bordeaux for the past four seasons, including La belle au bois dorment this past year, and debuted this year at Ballet du Capitole Toulouse in Coppélia.
Equally at home in the opera world, Nathan 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 Mr. Fifield 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 a best-selling dance class pianist and his original compositions for ballet can be heard on acclaimed dance pedagogue David Howard’s ballet class CDs.
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.