Nathan Pawelek is former principal horn of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and Quadre Horn Quartet. A composer and horn player, Nathan attended Oberlin College and Conservatory where he received double degrees in horn performance and English. He earned a Master of Horn Performance from Yale University and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Nathan played principal horn with the South Dakota Symphony and Dakota Wind Quintet for ten seasons before moving back to New England. He recently retired from Quadre after seventeen years.
Nathan has worked with nationally-recognized artists, and an occasional international VIP. He was a member of the American Soviet Youth Orchestra, attended the Tanglewood Music Festival, the European Mozart Academy in Poland, The National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, CO and played under Michael Tilson-Thomas with the New World Symphony. Nathan was a regular in the horn section of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra in Boulder for several summers and was a member of Michael Stern's Iris Orchestra in Germantown, TN.
As a composer, Nathan has written works for orchestra including a symphony, a clarinet concerto, several song cycles, and a children’s program for narrator and orchestra, as well as chamber music for various ensembles including woodwind quintet, and horn quartet. His recent composition “Irremediable Breakdown” for horn and piano was commissioned by hornist, Denise Tryon, formally a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Nathan has written two novels and run five marathons.