INTRODUCTION

Nathanaël Iselin is currently holding the position as Assistant Conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra and has quickly established himself as an extremely interesting and sought-after young conductor.

RECENT AND FUTURE HIGHLIGHTS

In the 2021-2022 season, Nathanaël Iselin made his debut with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, conducting pieces like Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, Mozart’s 31st Symphony, and Bruckner’s 3rd symphony.

He recently conducted the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in May and June 2021, in pieces such as Sibelius’ 2nd symphony, Prokofiev’s 1st Piano Concerto, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G. These concerts were followed by an immediate re-invitation and an appointment as Assistant Conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for the 2021/2022 season. In June 2022 Iselin leads the Den Kongelige Livgardes Musikkorps in a concert, featuring Jakob Kirkegaard’s new work Kryds Ild.

In the 2022-2023 season, Iselin conducts Aalborg Symfoniorkester in Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. He also leads the Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester in a concert, featuring pieces by Adams, Ratkje, and Zappa.

In 2019 he conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark.

Nathanaël Iselin is a 1st prize co-winner of the renowned Panula International Competition (2021) in Vaasa, Finland, where he also won the musicians/orchestra prize.

BIOGRAPHY

On the opera scene, Nathanaël Iselin has conducted a fully staged production of Carmen for a youth audience at Opera Hedeland, Denmark, and has been invited to return in August 2021 to conduct Rigoletto. He also worked at the Bern Opera, Switzerland, as a second conductor and assistant for the production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride. During his education, he conducted such orchestras as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Netherlands Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, on a varied repertoire including pieces like Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Elgar Enigma Variations, symphonies and concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, contemporary music as well as operatic repertoire by Gounod, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner…

His studies at the Paris Conservatoire have given him both a love of and an insight into the music of French impressionism such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye. Considering himself a citizen of Europe, he has lived in several countries of central Europe and Scandinavia, taking the chance to deepen his love for Finnish music – Sibelius and Rautavaara in particular.

As a percussionist, he has performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain/CNSMDP, the Limoges Opera, the Nouvelle Europe Orchestra, led by conductors such as David Zinman, Dennis Russell Davies and Matthias Pintscher.

EDUCATION

Nathanaël Iselin has studied orchestra conducting in four of the most prestigious music universities in Europe: the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Hochschule der Künste in Zürich and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Whilst a student he has been mentored by such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki, Sakari Oramo, Jorma Panula, Michael Schønwandt, Johannes Schlaefli, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov and Simone Young.

AUDIO & VIDEO

Nathanaël Iselin – Sibelius – Symphony 2 w. Aarhus Symphony Orchestra

Nathanaël Iselin – Schönberg – Kammersymfonie 1 w. Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Nathanaël Iselin – Ravel – Tombeau de Couperin w. Tapiola Sinfonietta

REVIEWS

Concert with Lahti Symphony Orchestra (live stream) – February 2022

“In the second concert stream of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra there was a very French theme: not only the music was from a French composer, but also the visiting artists are from France. The conductor Nathanael Iselin, a rising talent, has studied in prestigious schools all over Europe: the Paris conservatory, the Zurich academy and the Royal Danish music academy. At the moment his teacher is Sakari Oramo, professor at the Sibelius Academy.
The profound musical view and refined vision is strongly conveyed in Iselin’s work.”

– Petri Poutiainen, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat

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