A star among young classical musicians, concert organist Nathan J. Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His brilliant playing and gracious demeanor have thrilled audiences and presenters across the United States and in Europe, and his creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Mr. Laube is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of young organists, and beginning in the fall of 2013 he joins the faculty of The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York as Assistant Professor of Organ, where he will teach with distinguished Professors David Higgs and Edoardo Bellotti.
Recent and upcoming performances by Mr. Laube include major venues in the United States and Europe: Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Washington National Cathedral, The Mother Church (Boston), Verizon Hall (Philadelphia), Overture Hall (Madison, WI), Trinity Cathedral (Portland, OR), First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, The Ballroom at Longwood Gardens (Kennett Square, PA), Irvine Auditorium (Philadelphia), Girard College Chapel (Philadelphia), Jacoby Symphony Hall (Jacksonville, FL), Spivey Hall (Morrow, GA), Stiftskirche (Stuttgart, Germany), Notre-Dame-du-Taur (Toulouse, France), Cathédrale Saint-Alain (Lavaur, France), and the collegiate chapels of Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA), Harvard University (Cambridge, MA), and The University of Chicago. In Europe Mr. Laube has performed five tours of the United Kingdom, which included concerts at York Minster, Canterbury Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, Exeter Cathedral, and Truro Cathedral, among others. He has appeared at the 2004 International “Organ Day” Festival in Ljubljana (Slovenia), the 2011 Lahti Organ Festival (Finland), and for the opening concert of the 2012 Dresden Music Festival (Germany) at the Frauenkirche in a performance with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 he will perform at the 18th annual Orléans International Organ Festival, “Au Son des Orgues” (France) on the Cavaillé-Coll organ in Orléans Cathedral, at the Lapua Festival (Finland), and at the Stuttgart Internationaler Orgelsommer (Germany). Additionally, he will record the Stephen Paulus Grand Organ Concerto with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label.
Mr. Laube has been a featured performer at the 2009, 2011, and 2012 national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. He was a featured at the American Guild of Organists’ 2010 national convention in Washington DC, and more recently at the Guild’s 2012 national convention in Nashville, TN where he performed with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. He will be a featured performer at three regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists in 2013. Many of his live performances have been featured on American Public Media’s program, “Pipedreams.”
In June 2013 Mr. Laube will receive his Master’s Degree in Organ Performance from the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart, Germany where he has been pursuing his studies with Ludger Lohmann under the auspices of a German DAAD Fellowship Study Scholarship. While in Stuttgart, he is also studying improvisation with Jürgen Essl, and harpsichord with Jörg Halubek.
As a recipient of a William Fulbright Grant, Nathan spent the 2010-2011 academic year studying with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse where he earned Prix de Spécialisé with the mention “Très Bien” and “Féliciations du Jury” – the two top honors – in addition to the Prix François Vidal from the city of Toulouse.
Nathan earned his Bachelor of Music Degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied organ with Alan Morrison and piano with Susan Starr. Upon graduating, he received the Institute’s two highest awards, the Landis Award for Excellence in Academics and the Aldwell Award for Excellence in Musical Studies. During his time at the Curtis Institute, Nathan also served as an Assistant Organist at the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ at Macy’s Department Store in downtown Philadelphia, where he was featured in 2005 on WRTI’s Radio’s broadcast of “The Wanamaker Organ Hour” playing many of his original transcriptions. A native of Chicago, Mr. Laube’s early studies were with Donna Fortney (piano), Dr. Elizabeth Naegele (organ), and Dr. Louis Playford (piano and music theory) at the Chicago Academy for the Arts.
Mr. Laube has won top prizes at several distinguished competitions. Most recently he was awarded the “Stipendium des Bundespräsidenten” (Scholarship of the President of Germany) at the 2012 Felix Mendelssohn Preis in Berlin, which also included a performance in the Berlin Konzerthaus. In addition, Nathan won First Place at the National Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition in September 2004.
As a church musician, Nathan currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris, France. Previously, he served as Organ Scholar at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Organ Scholar at the historic St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown in Philadelphia, and Associate Organist at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Nathan has performed with numerous orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choruses, notably The Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Charles Dutoit and Christoph Eschenbach; The Nashville Symphony under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero; the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia under the direction of Matthew Glandorf; The Chicago Master Singers under the direction of Alan Heatherington; and collaborations with Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter Chris Martin in acclaimed chamber music recitals in Chicago.
Nathan frequently serves on the faculty for Pipe Organ Encounters in the USA – clinics presented by The American Guild of Organists designed to introduce young keyboardists to the pipe organ and its vast repertoire. Nathan has also taught at the Oberlin Summer Organ Academy in Ohio and at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Summer Organ Academy in Philadelphia.
Nathan’s other interests include medieval and modern architecture, gardening, international travel, exotic cuisine and cooking, as well as sketching and drawing.