Australian conductor Nathan Aspinall has led orchestras across the globe including in the U.S., Europe and Australasia. His work is characterized by insightful musicianship, innovative programming and meaningful community engagement. Currently the associate conductor of the Nashville Symphony, he appeared with that ensemble near the start of its 2022-23 season in a program of music by Coleman, Ravel and Beethoven. Later in the season he will conduct a special classical event featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.
Continuing to build an international presence on the podium, Aspinall was a conducting fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center and a recipient of the Robert J. Harth Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival. In the summer of 2022, he traveled to Leipzig for a concert of Haig, Webern and Stravinsky works with the Mendelssohn-Orchesterakadamie of the Gewandhausorchester. He is making his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in October 2022 in a series of Young People’s and Relaxed Family Concerts titled Symphonic Chills and Thrills.
Aspinall was formerly associate conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, which he led in masterworks subscription programs each season and multiple tours. He returned to Jacksonville as a guest conductor for Rachamninoff’s Symphonic Dances in the 2019-20 season, and in the 2022-23 season he will conduct the orchestra in a subscription program including Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2.
Aspinall has guest conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Sydney, Adelaide, Queensland and Tasmania, as well as the Queensland Conservatorium Chamber Orchestra. He has acted as assistant conductor for Opera Queensland. He has made festival and masterclass appearances at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Oregon Bach Festival and the Tanglewood Music Center Conducting Seminar. He studied orchestral conducting with Hugh Wolff at New England Conservatory in Boston.