Built in Cremona in 1734 by Antonio Stradivari, the Ames-Totenberg Stradivarius was purchased by Longy director Roman Totenberg in 1943. For 37 years, maestro and instrument were companions in concert halls around the world—until the violin was stolen from his office at Longy in 1980.
We are thrilled to welcome Nathan and the violin back to celebrate its storied homecoming at this special Longy event.
“Our father would have been so pleased to hear Nathan, a gifted young violinist, breathe life back into the violin.” —Jill Totenberg
“The Ames-Totenberg Stradivarius is on loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.There are rare, perfect moments in chamber music where minds meld and hearts coalesce in beautiful synergy. Violinist Nathan Meltzer and pianist Evren Ozel … attended to every contour of the music with care, crafting a longform melodic idea that flowed effortlessly from phrase to phrase and movement to movement. It was a privilege to witness.”
“I was most impressed…by the only-19-year-old American Nathan Meltzer, already a violinist of great stature with unobtrusive technical brilliance, a very individual musicianship, and a supple tone.”
Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten
Youngest ever to win the Windsor Festival International String Competition, Nathan has been a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Aalborg, Adelphi, Berlin, Concepción, Evansville, Indianapolis, Medellín, and Pittsburgh orchestras, among others, performing in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, and across the US.
As a recitalist and chamber musician, Nathan has performed at ChamberFest Cleveland, Giardini La Mortella, the Heidelberger Frühling, the Moritzburg Festival, the Musical de l’Orne, the Perlman Chamber Workshop, and the Verbier Festival Academy. He has been a concert artist with Omega Ensemble since 2016.
Nathan’s 2020-21 season, soon to be announced, includes the launch of his debut CD with Rohan De Silva.
Nathan studies with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin at Juilliard. He performs on the “Ames, Totenberg” Antonio Stradivari violin, Cremona 1734, generously on loan from Rare Violins In Consortium, Artists and Benefactors Collaborative.