Nathan Cole, B.M.

Applied Instructor, Violin
Phone: (312) 953-1482
Photo of Nathan Cole, B.M.


First Associate Concertmaster Nathan Cole, who joined the L.A. Philharmonic in 2011, has appeared as the guest concertmaster with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Ottawa, Seattle, and Oregon. He was previously a member of the Chicago Symphony and Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. A native of Lexington, Kentucky, he made his debut with the Louisville Orchestra at the age of ten while studying with Donna Wiehe. After eight years working with Daniel Mason, Cole enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music. In addition to his studies there with Pamela Frank, Felix Galimir, Ida Kavafian, and Jaime Laredo, Cole formed the Grancino String Quartet, debuting in New York’s Weill Hall. Several summers at Marlboro enriched his love of chamber music. While in Chicago, Cole taught at Roosevelt University and coached the Chicago Civic Orchestra.

In addition to teaching at APU, Cole teaches at the conservatory in the Colburn School for the Performing Arts and at USC. His articles and photographs have appeared in strings, symphony, and chamber music magazines. Cole is an online teaching artist with ArtistWorks.


  • Bachelor of Music, Curtis Institute of Music, 2000

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)