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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 Piccadilly, the Royal Albert Hall and Wigmore Hall; and internationally, Corsica, Italy, Spain, 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 took home First Prize at the Maureen Lehane Vocal Awards in the Wigmore Hall, with mezzo-soprano Ema Nikolovska. In the following year, Nathan and Ema competed in the prestigious Oxford Lieder Young Artist Platform. Nathan was the Artist Fellow of the GSMD in the academic year of 2017-2018 in contemporary piano, and currently leads seminars for undergraduate pianists in improvisation.
Also a keen composer, Nathan has recently finished his ‘Kaneko Misuzu Settings’ for voice and piano. The last of the set, Are You An Echo? will be premiered digitally on the 11th of March 2021 in his first video opus to help promote his GoFundMe Campaign. He is busily at work, composing two other works, Topsy Turvy and Red Dragonfly which he hopes to premiere later this year. In 2018 he was commissioned to arrange for GSMD’s Songs at Six: Adventures in the Great American Songbook. Recently, Nathan was contracted as a creative consultant for a feature film, Your Eyes on Me produced by Da Arts Film Ltd. He 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, hospitals and schools since 2014. Nathan also often performs with exceptional award-winning flautist, Mark Taylor, with whom he appeared at the 2020 digital Leicester Music Festival and the 2019 edition of the Cheltenham Music Festival, in collaboration with The Countess of Munster Star Award.
When he is not busy performing, Nathan teaches piano privately and works as a live musician for Trinity Laban 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.