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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 more recently written ‘Kaneko Misuzu Settings’ for voice and piano, and ‘Dance’ for four-hands-one-piano. In 2018 he was commissioned to arrange for GSMD’s Songs at Six: Adventures in the Great American Songbook. He hopes to commission recordings of these works in 2020 with graduates of the GSMD. More recently, Nathan has been contracted as a creative consultant for a feature film, Your Eyes on Me produced by Da Arts Film Ltd. 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. This December, they will premiere Nathan's ‘O Christmas Tree Variations’ in their regular concert appearances at the Faversham Assembly Rooms. Nathan also often performs with exceptional award-winning flautist, Mark Taylor, with whom he appeared at the Dart Music Festival and the 2019 edition of the Cheltenham Music Festival, in collaboration with The Countess of Munster Star Award. He looks forward to commission a piece for flute and piano in another premiere next year.
When he is not busy performing, Nathan teaches piano privately and accompanies dance classes for people living with Parkinson's at BalletBoyz, English National Ballet and Rambert Dance.