Biography

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Nathan Tinker obtained his Bachelors of Music with Honours from the Royal college of Music, in 2011, where he studied piano with Gordon Fergus-Thompson, composition with Jonathan Cole and jazz piano with Michael Moran. Nathan then graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Distinction, in 2017, under the tutelage of Pamela Lidiard.

Primarily a collaborative pianist, Nathan has performed in the UK, at the Barbican Centre, Hampton Court House, St. Martin's in the Fields, St. James's Piccadilly, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall; and internationally, Corsica, Italy, France, Romania and his native Japan. In 2016 he was the winner of the Guildhall Accompanist Prize. In 2017 Nathan was awarded the Concert Recital Diploma at the GSMD and in the following year became an Artist Fellow of the GSMD in contemporary piano, and currently leads seminars for undergraduate pianists in improvisation.

Also a keen composer, Nathan has recently composed works 'Fantasy on Japanese Themes' for violin and piano written for violinist and founder of the Resono Collective, Ioana Forna, and 'Topsy Turvy' written for long-standing award-winning duet partner Mark Taylor for flute and piano, the latter of which was performed in the inaugural Islington Festival of Music and Art this year. Earlier this year, Nathan finished his 'Kaneko Misuzu Settings' for voice and piano. The last of the set, Are You an Echo? was premiered digitally on the 11th of March 2021 in his first video opus to help promote his GoFundMe Campaign.

 

Before that, in 2018 he was commissioned to arrange for GSMD's Songs at Six: Adventures in the Great American Songbook project and was contracted as a creative consultant for the feature film, Your Eyes on Me produced by Da Arts Film Ltd. Nathan also makes piano arrangements of current pop songs which are published on Sheet Music Plus. He performs regularly with fellow pianist and wife, Alexandra Tinker, and together form the Passepartout Piano Duo, who have been associated with the Live Music Now scheme offering interactive concerts in care homes, hopsitals and schools since 2014. Since Covid-19, Nathan has diversified his focus online and on social media and is currently editing works for the Passepartout Piano Duo and his own page on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

When he is not busy performing, Nathan teaches piano privately, at Kensington Primary Academy, at Hillbrook Primary School, Tooting and for the Sutton Music Service. In addition, he is contracted as a live musician for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance as well as St. Thomas's Day schools. He also accompanies dance classes for people living with Parkinson's for BalletBoyz and English National Ballet.