Assistant Principal Horn
Nathaniel Silberschlag was appointed appointed Assistant Principal Horn of the WashingtonNational Opera/Kennedy Center Opera House orchestra in December 2017. At the age of 19, he was their youngest member ever to win a position with the orchestra. Nathaniel is currently finishing his studies with Julie Landsman at The Juilliard School. In May 2019, he will be graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree. He is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Nathaniel comes from of a family of 16 professional musicians. Among them are former principal players of the New York Philharmonic, Italian National Orchestra RAI, and Jerusalem Symphony. He is the third generation of his family to attend the Juilliard School. Nathaniel made his debut in Italy at age 9. The story appeared on the front page of Italy’s newspaper, “La Stampa.”
Nathaniel has performed as soloist with The Juilliard Orchestra, Bulgarian Philharmonic, Romania State Symphony, New York’s Little Orchestra Society, and The Chesapeake Orchestra. Nathaniel has also performed with ensembles such as The New York Philharmonic, The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Romanian State Symphony Orchestra, and Chesapeake Orchestra.
Not a stranger to the Kennedy Center, Nathaniel is a graduate of the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship program under the tutelage of Sylvia Alimena, along with her Brass of Peace program. Nathaniel also spent two summers in the Kennedy Center’s Summer Music Institute. In June of 2015, Nathaniel was the first recipient of the Edwin C. Thayer, Laurel Bennert Ohlson award for artistry and excellence on the French Horn.
Nathaniel has been a fellow at the Music Academy of the West in the summers of 2017 and 2018. In January of 2018 Nathaniel was named one of ten Zarin Mehta Fellows to perform with the New York Philharmonic as part of their 2018 Global Academy. Since 2007, he has been a full participant fellow at the Alba Music Festival, Italy, as well as attending the Eastern Music Festival in 2016.
Currently, Nathaniel is a member of the New York Festival Brass Quintet. He is from Leonardtown, Maryland, which is part of the Chesapeake region, south of Washington, DC.