"Even if the word surely wasn't invented for a Baroque artist: his performance had verve!"
- Jonas Rohde, Göttinger Tabenblatt
Since graduating first class from the Royal Academy of Music, British harpsichordist Nathaniel Mander has pursued an international career as one of the leading players of his generation. He began his studies with Richard Lester before moving to London in 2009 to train with Carole Cerasi at the Royal Academy of Music. He is winner of the 10th Broadwood solo harpsichord competition (2011) and the Early Keyboard Ensemble Competition at Fenton House (2010).
His most important musical influences have been from Elisabeth Joyé, Skip Sempe, Pierre Hantai and most profoundly, Carole Cerasi, who has deeply influenced his physical sound and approach to the instrument.
Nathaniel gave his debut London recital for the British Harpsichord Society at Handel House in 2011 and his Wigmore Hall concerto debut in 2012.
"Real virtuosity... can be a given nowadays, but what can differentiate performers is their ability to go beyond that and to reveal their own, and the composer’s, musicality... Nathaniel Mander is about as far from the irritating ‘look-at-me’ antics of some performers as you can get..."
Andrew Benson-Wilson, London Festival of Baroque Music
Nathaniel is much in demand as a recitalist, continuo player and chamber musician throughout Europe and the United States. He has given performances at the Handel House Museum, Mandeville Place, Fenton House, Finchcocks, the Cobbe Collection of Early Keyboards at Hatchlands, the Russell Collection in Edinburgh, St. Martin in the Fields, the Wigmore Hall, King’s Place, the Tudeley Festival, the International Handel Festival in Göttingen, the London Handel Festival, the Spitalfields Winter Festival, Raynham Hall, Restoration House, the Bach Steinitz festival, the London Festival of Baroque Music, the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the Stadspodia in Leiden, St.John's Smith Square, the Royal Festival Hall and the Purcell Room. In 2014-16 Nathaniel held the Linda Hill Junior Fellowship in Harpsichord at the Royal College of Music.
"Nat’s imaginative realisation... was a joy throughout... the palette of colours was extraordinary."
Nathaniel released his debut CD, The 18th century French salon, to considerable acclaim in 2015. He presently plays a Goujon 1749 replica harpsichord made by Andrew Garlick.