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Nathan Olson

Adjunct Professor, Violin

A native of Berkeley, California, violinist Nathan Olson began his appointment as co-concertmaster with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in September 2011. He served as adjunct faculty at the University of North Texas College of Music 2013–16, and was recently appointed adjunct faculty at Southern Methodist University. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s prestigious Concertmaster Academy, Olson studied with William Preucil and Paul Kantor. Currently concertmaster of the Breckenridge Music Festival, Olson has participated in the Mainly Mozart Festival, the Bravo Vail Music Festival and the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival.

An enthusiastic chamber musician, Olson is a member of the Baumer String Quartet (BSQ), whose debut recording will be coming out in 2019. The BSQ serves on faculty at the Crowden Chamber Music Workshop and the Monterey Chamber Music Workshop, and has held residencies at several institutions including University of North Texas, University of South Florida and University of South Dakota.

A winner of the Joseph and Elsie Scharff prize in violin at Cleveland Institute of Music, Olson has performed as soloist with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, Cleveland Pops Orchestra, CityMusic Cleveland, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Oakland East Bay Symphony and Lexington Bach Festival Orchestra.

In recent seasons, Olson has appeared as guest concertmaster with the symphony orchestras of Pittsburgh, Toronto, Omaha and Tucson, and as principal second violin with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. While completing his bachelor’s degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Olson earned minors in both mathematics and music theory.


Violin; Chamber Music


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