An important and innovative member of Australia’s musical establishment over the last three decades, solo cellist, chamber musician, principal cellist and administrator Nathan Waks is one of our most colourful classical musicians.
Nathan Waks began his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with cellist Lois Simpson and chamber musician Robert Pikler. He won the ABC National Concerto Competition and travelled to Europe to further his musical education, training with Mstistlav Rostropovich in Moscow and Paul Tortelier in Paris.
From being the youngest principal cellist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at age 19 to performing as a soloist with major Australian orchestras, Waks has enjoyed a career that has featured recording of film scores and accompaniment to international recording artists. He has organized concerts for singers Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart and Tiny Tim.
He is a founding member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Music Centre and has held directorships at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Symphony Australia, the Australia Council and the Australian National Academy of Music.
He has toured to more than 50 countries and recorded for a decade with the Sydney String Quartet. Presently he creates new music with Waks Generation, a collaboration with DJ and son, Sam, and is working on a musical project with composer Charlie Chan.
Nathan Waks is now proprietor and Executive Director of Kilikanoon and Seppeltsfield wineries.
Nathan plays a David Tecchler-made 1723 cello.
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