“During the period of 2013-2017, Nathaniel Wolkstein performed frequently as a co-concertmaster of the New World Symphony based in Miami, Florida. In that role, Nathaniel demonstrated his outstanding musicality and expertise performing in many musical styles in a variety of concert settings. In addition to an orchestral violinist, he performed as a soloist and chamber musician in musical repertoire both classical and popular spanning the past four centuries.
Over the years, Nathaniel shared with me some of his original compositions and recordings. I found those pieces to be moving, inventive and consistently exhibiting a talented musical sensitivity. Due to his leadership and innate musicality, I selected him to be concertmaster for a program of my own symphonic compositions. I also chose Nathaniel to be a featured violin soloist for a significant fundraising concert for the New World Symphony. I strongly recommend him as a violinist and musician, as well as being a thoughtful, insightful and creative individual. Nathaniel has my highest recommendation."
-Michael Tilson Thomas
Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra
Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony
“In my capacity as President for Sony/ATV Music Publishing - Latin America and U.S. Latin, I have extensive experience in the world of popular music and performance. As a classical pianist and composer I also have wide-ranging experience with the world of classical music and performance. Over a period of three years, I had the opportunity to get to know Nathaniel Wolkstein as a violin concertmaster with the New World Symphony in Miami as well as a composer/songwriter in both classical and popular styles. As concertmaster, he was a strong and natural leader, with virtuosic violin skills, which were impressive in both classical and non-classical contexts. As a popular composer and arranger he was a versatile and expressive artist, with an ear for catchy melodies and arrangements.
I asked Nathaniel to perform on one of my own compositions for a recording. Nathaniel not only was an outstanding violinist and fully prepared for the session, but was also a sensitive collaborator with the other musicians in the ensemble. I was delighted with the professional quality of his playing in that recording session, as well as his leadership throughout the recording process.
Overall, I find Nathaniel to be an outstanding, creative violinist and talented composer who delivers excellent musical results. I have no hesitation in recommending him fully, without reservation.”
President of Sony/ATV Music Publishing for Latin America and U.S. Latin
"An outstanding musician of great sensitivity and accomplishment, Nathaniel performs as an orchestral violinist, chamber musician, and soloist in repertoire of every era. In all of these roles Nathaniel has been thoroughly excellent, bringing forth a great spontaneity, energy and consistently high level of performance. He is also a superb colleague, very cooperative and a leader in creating new musical opportunities."
President of the New World Symphony
“Working with Nathaniel is effective, efficient and a pleasure. I do believe he was the right person for a project whose scope he understood since day one, and I do not say that lightly. We really appreciate Nathaniel’s innate talent as a musician, and his patience and proactive attitude during a time our team was being pulled in many different directions. Furthermore, he was able to assist with other projects, and was always on point. He has a passion for bringing his music to informal educations settings. I would highly recommend my peers to work with him.”
Curator of Astronomy & Developer of Exhibitions at Miami's Frost Museum of Science