Nathaniel Cogen- Nathaniel began his piano studies at the age of five, where his musical comprehension increased at an accelerated pace. His studies intensified by age seven, where he studied at the Jewish Community Center Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey, under the direction of Fran Honig. After moving to Maryland, Nathaniel continued his musical studies with Marjay Contour until the beginning of his high school career. In high school he was learning at a nearly collegiate level under the tutelage of Rose Ede Altman and Toni Hall. As his skills developed, he accompanied the Takoma Academy, Pine Forge Academy, and River Hill High School choirs during his years at each institution. This was a valuable skill he developed during his 7th and 8th grade years in middle school, where his accompanist role began.
As his musical knowledge expanded, he entered the annual Music Festival competition held at Princeton University, and became the 2011 Grand Prix winner. And as a result, he then went on to perform at the Weill Recital Hall in the world-renowned, Carnegie Hall. He also received a superior rating in the music festival at Temple University, enabling him to perform in the winner’s recital. Nathaniel now adds to his resume by becoming one of five winners in the 2015 Young Artist Competition, an annual competition hosted by the faculty of the Andrews University Music Department.
During his junior year in college Nathaniel discovered a rare talent for classical singing. He began taking brief weekly lessons from Charles Reid to develop his bass voice. This led to his first performance at Andrews University as a soloist in J.S Bach’s The Passion of Christ According to Matthew. This solo debut as an opera singer enabled Nathaniel to perform other roles for various opera scenes. He has now completed his bachelor’s in Music and plans to pursue a career as a full-time professional musician and artist.