nathan pawelekA horn player and composer, Nathan began his musical pursuits at the New England Music Camp in the 1980s. He attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received degrees in horn performance and English.  He received a master of horn performance from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont.  He is currently pursuing a master of music composition at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA.

Nathan played principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet for ten seasons before moving back to New England to raise his family near family.  He continues to play with QUADRE, The Voice of Four Horns, a professional horn quartet based in San Francisco (  He has worked with nationally-recognized artists, and an occasional international VIP.  Nathan attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, the European Mozart Academy in Poland, The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO and played under the baton of Michael Tilson-Thomas with the New World Symphony

Since 2008, Nathan has been a regular of the horn section of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder, and recently began playing with the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Germantown, TN under the direction of Michael Stern, son of Isaac Stern.

As composer, Nathan has written numerous works for orchestra including a symphony, a clarinet concerto, a song cycle, and a children’s program for narrator and orchestra, as well as chamber music for various ensembles including woodwind quintet, and since joining QUADRE in 2003, horn quartet.

His wife is Karen and his children are Aidan and Zachary, boys whose ages are changing all the time.