Nashville Symphony promotes Nathan Aspinall to Associate Conductor

Aspinall has currently served as Nashville Symphony’s Assistant Conductor since the 2019/20 season



Nashville, Tenn. (August 17, 2022) – Nashville Symphony is excited to announce the promotion of conductor Nathan Aspinall to Associate Conductor, effective beginning this season. Aspinall has previously served as the Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor since the 2019/20 season.

Aspinall’s promotion comes after a successful Classical Series debut this past May, where he conducted Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5 with the Orchestra. This season, Aspinall will conduct a special classical program featuring Barber’s Adagio for Strings, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. The promotion also includes an invitation for Aspinall to conduct the Orchestra during a Classical Series concert in the 2023/24 season.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing my relationship with the Nashville Symphony. It’s been an incredible pleasure to work with the musicians of the orchestra and Giancarlo Guerrero,” Aspinall said. “Our performance of Sibelius Symphony No. 5 last season was a particular highlight, and I look forward to many more exciting concerts together in the future.”

"We are honored to promote Nathan to the position of Associate Conductor. Since his 2019 appointment as Assistant Conductor, Nathan has been an invaluable artistic and administrative asset to Nashville Symphony,” said Alan D. Valentine, President & CEO of the Nashville Symphony. “We look forward to working with him in this new capacity and are excited to see what comes of this evolving partnership."


About Nathan Aspinall

Australian conductor Nathan Aspinall has lead orchestras across the globe, including in the United States, Europe, and Australasia. His work is characterized by insightful musicianship, innovative programming, and meaningful community engagement.

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 travelled to Leipzig for a concert of Haig, Webern, and Stravinsky with the Mendelssohn-Orchesterakadamie of the Gewandhausorchester, and this season, Nathan makes his debut with the Minnesota Orchestra.

Aspinall was formerly the Associate Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony, whom 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 19/20 season and in 22/23 will conduct the orchestra in a subscription program including Sibelius’s 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 the Assistant Conductor for Opera Queensland. Festival appearances and masterclasses have included 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.



The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording, and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, along with an extensive selection of education and community engagement programs. The Nashville Symphony has released 40 internationally distributed recordings on Naxos, which have received 27 GRAMMY® nominations and 14 GRAMMY® Awards, making it one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. The orchestra has also released recordings on Decca, Deutsche Grammophon and New West Records.

In addition to support from Metro Arts and Tennessee Arts Commission, Nashville Symphony is being supported, in whole or in part, by federal award number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Nashville Symphony is also supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.




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