BIOGRAPHY

Born in 1998 in Frankfurt am Main (Germany), Nathan MIERDL is a young violinist who combines the enthusiasm and passion of youth with the wisdom required from professional musicians. He started his apprenticeship at the tender age of five at Frankfurt’s Rhythmix School. He was then admitted to the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Dijon (France) and subsequently studied under Christophe POIGET in Boulogne-Billancourt near Paris. In 2013, he was admitted to Paris’s Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse where he studied under Roland DAUGAREIL. There, he obtained his Master’s degree as a concert musician in 2018. 

 

After working and studying at the Academy of the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and the Academy of the Orchestre de Paris, he became a member of the Orchestre National de France and this was followed promptly by a position as assistant concertmaster with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

 

Nathan is also a soloist. International prizes have led him to perform concerts with various symphonic orchestras. In 2018 he won no less than four awards at the prestigious Menuhin Competition, also known as the Violin Olympics: the Second Senior Prize, the Arte Concert Online Prize, the Composer Award (prize for contemporary music composed just for the competition) and the Jonathan Moulds Award for Outstanding Potential.

He also won first prize at the international violin contest Louis Spohr in Weimar in 2013 as well as second prize of the international violin contest in Mirecourt (France), in 2014, and the special prize for the best interpretation of a romantic sonata at Rodolfo Lipizer international contest (Italy) as well as second prize in the Ginette Neveu international contest in Avignon (France) in 2015. These prizes have enabled him to perform with orchestras like Staatskapelle Weimar, the Orchestre de l’Opéra national de Lorraine, l’Orchestre de Dijon-Bourgogne and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Moreover, Nathan is a much valued and appreciated chamber musician. He has played in numerous festivals of note such as the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Festival des Arcs, as well as the Festival Radio France in Montpellier-Occitanie, and in some of the most well-known European venues for classical music, including Wigmore Hall in London, Victoria Hall in Geneva or the Auditorium de Radio France in Paris.

 

He has also had the privilege to play with renowned musicians like Kirill Gersten, Shekku Kanneh-Mason, Anna Vinnitskaya, Sarah Nemtanu, Adrien La Marca, Roland Pidoux, Michel Dalberto, Henri Demarquette, Régis Pasquier, and also with reputed ensembles such as Quatuor Modigliani and musicians from Quatuor Belcea.

 

Nathan plays a violin made by the German violin maker Stephan von Baehr.

CAREER

1998 

Birth in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

2003 

Initiation to the violin in Frankfurt am Main 

 

2006-2011

Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau in Dijon (France)

 

2011-2012

Pre-College Cologne Hochschule für Musik und Tanz (Germany)

 

2012-2013

Conservatoire in Boulogne-Billancourt (France)

 

2013

Music Camp at the Verbier Festival (Switzerland)

 

2013-2018

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris

 

Master’s degree in violin and Bachelor of Arts in chamber music with a string quartet, playing in the Gaïa Quartet

 

2014

Music Camp at the Verbier Festival

 

2015-2016

Académie de l’Orchestre de Paris

 

2015

Birth of the Gaïa Quartet (string quartet)

 

2016-2017

Académie de l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France

 

October 2017

Violinist “tutti” in the French National Orchestra

 

November 2018

Associate concertmaster in the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra 

REWARDS AND COMPETITION PRIZES

 

April  2018        

Second Prize in the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin 

 

Jonathan Moulds Award for Outstanding Potential (loan of a Stradivarius, 1713, from Jonathan Moulds’ private collection, through J. and A. Beare Ltd, London)

 

Arte Concert Online Price

 

Prize for a contemporary composition created especially for the competition

 

April 2016          

Loan of an Alexander Gagliano violin (Naples, 1705)

 

February 2016

Award winner of Europe’s Yamaha Foundation

 

2015 

Second prize of Ginette Neveu competition in Avignon (France)

                      

Prize for the best romantic sonata in Rodolfo Lipizer competition (Italy)

 

2014                 

Second prize in Mirecourt International contest (France)

 

2013                 

First prize in 7th Louis Spohr international competition for young violinists, category 15-18 years of age
 

Special prize (masterclass in Weimar, Germany)

 

2012                 

Second prize in "Vatelot-Rampal" competition in Paris

 

2011                 

Second prize in Max Bruch international competition in Cologne (Germany) (concert of award winners at the Cologne Philharmony)

                 

First prize in "Vatelot-Rampal" competition in Paris

 

2010                 

Award winner in the Philharmonic Orchestra competition of young musicians in Besançon (France) (series of soloist concerts with the orchestra)

First prize and special prize of the competition in Lempdes (France) 

 

Grant from the Williamson Foundation for Music

 

2009                       

First prize and special prize of the competition in Lempdes

 

2008                 

Grant from the Williamson Foundation for Music