Nathaniel Wolkstein



Composed + Produced original score for the University of California Santa Barbara’s Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential Meditation Course (2019)

Composed + Produced original score for an Ogilvy promotional video (2019)

Composed + Produced original score for the Chicago Adler Planetarium new documentary “Imagine the Moon” (2019)

Composed + Produced original score to accompany the audiobook “SoundMachine”, an immersive audio experience (2019)

Composed + Produced original score for “Roam”, semi-finalist in Film Maker Project to be broadcast on PBS (2018)

Composed + Produced original piano piece for “Inside this Peace”, winner of the Best Documentary Feature at the California Women’s Film Festival and the winner of the Impact Documentary Award for documentary feature (2018)

Composed + Produced original score for Miami’s Frost Science Museum “Deconstructed Laser Show” exhibit (2017)

Composed + Produced original score for Miami’s Frost Science Museum Planetarium (2017)

Composed + Produced original film score for “A Waning Heart”, selected to be screened in the Short Film Corner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival (2017)

Composed + Produced original score for the Knight Foundation Knight Art’s Challenge promotional video (2017)

Composed + Produced original score for the Knight Foundation promotional video which played before every screening at the Miami International Film Festival (2016)

Composed + Arranged + Produced + Recorded for over 185 clients (2016-present)


Strings/Orchestra and Songwriting/Composition teacher at Sedona Red Rock High School in Sedona, AZ (2019)

Led a 14 week songwriting workshop for students in the Fienberg-Fisher K-8 School Center in Miami Beach, FL (2016-2017)        

Principal Violin and Coach for the Harmonia Symphony Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland for the United Nations International 21st Human Rights Day (2014)

Violin instructor at Academia Filarmónica de Medellín, Colombia-AFMED (2014)

Violin instructor at Madison Music Makers, Centro Hispaño (2006-2013)

Violin instructor at Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Camp (2016)

Private violin instructor (2007-present)


Fluent in genres including but not limited to: classical, folk, pop, rock, alternative, indie, tango, latin, contemporary, jazz, bluegrass, early music, world music, improvisation.

Orchestra + Ensemble performances at venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Hall of Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland), University of Puerto Rico Theatre (San Juan, Puerto Rico), Orford Center for the Arts (Quebec, Canada), Adrienne Arsht Center (Miami, FL), New World Center (Miami, FL), Overture Center for the Arts (Madison, WI)

Solo violin performances with the New World Symphony (2013, 2016), University of Wisconsin-Madison Symphony Orchestra (2013), Concord Chamber Orchestra (2010), Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra (2007, 2008)


Violin Fellowship at the New World Symphony, Miami FL (2013-2017)

Bachelors of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2009-2013)


Invited musical co-presenter for University of Arizona College of Medicine and Banner Hospital Tucson Department of Medicine Grand Round (2019)

Knight Foundation-Knight Arts Challenge of South Florida Grant Winner (2015)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Music Clinic Four-Year full tuition scholarship winner (2009-2013)

Wisconsin Public Radio Neale Silva Young Artist Competition Finalist (2011-2012)

Concord Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition winner (2010)

Concerto Winner Wisconsin Youth Symphony (2008)

Honorable Mention Madison Symphony Young Artists Competition (2008)

Honorable Mention Concord Chamber Orchestra Young Artists Competition (2008)

Honorable Mention Milwaukee Symphony Young Artist Competition (2008)

Finalist Saint Paul String Quartet Competition (2008)

Runner-up Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra Young Artist Competition (2007)

Finalist Milwaukee Symphony Young Artists Competition (2007)

Finalist Fox Valley Symphony Young Artist Competition (2007)

Emerson Scholar Award, Interlochen Arts Camp (2008)

Winner Middleton High School Concerto Competition (2007, 2009)

Additional Experience

Founder/multi-instrumentalist of alternative-classical music ensemble, ‘The alt Default’ (2013-present)

Concert Narrator for the New World Symphony Educational concert series (2013-2015) 

Big Brother at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Miami (2013-2017) 

Volunteer at University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics Transplant Program (2011-2013) 

Volunteer at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wisconsin (2009-2010) 

Soloist and chamber musician for weddings and special events (2000-present)