Nathaniel Efthimiou

Assistant Professor
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Nathaniel Efthimiou is the assistant conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music. He was recently the recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award and also competed in the LSO Donatella Flick Conducting Competition 2021 in London.

In 2015, he won the James Conlon Conducting Prize at the Aspen Music Festival and School where he spent two summers as a conducting fellow, studying with Robert Spano, Larry Rachleff, and Hugh Wolff. He has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and the Amarillo Symphony, and he has covered conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Bramwell Tovey, and Anna-Maria Helsing with orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra. In the opera pit, he has conducted and assisted productions ranging from Debussy’s Pelleas et Melisande, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore with the Boston University Opera Institute and Houghton Lyric Opera.

As a passionate advocate for music of our time, Efthimiou has participated in numerous new music projects including the BU Opera Institute’s Fringe Festival. A composer himself, he has studied with Joel Hoffman, David Ludwig, and Georg Tsontakis. His works have been featured at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine, “UPBEAT” in Milna, Croatia, and WSKG’s television program, Expressions, in Binghamton, NY.

Career Highlights
  • Donatella Flick Conducting Competition participant. London Symphony Orchestra, 2021.

  • Recipient of the Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award, 2021
  • Recipient of the James Conlon Conductor Prize, Aspen Music Festival and School, 2015
  • D.M.A., Boston University, orchestral conducting, 2020
  • M.M., Greatbatch School of Music, orchestral conducting, 2016
  • B.M., Greatbatch School of Music, music composition, 2014