Inspired by the music of our time, pianist Nathanael May seeks to enlighten audiences around the world with innovative performances, initiatives, and outreach. Noted for ‘quicksilver grace’ (Fanfare), ‘outstanding performances’ (Classical Guitar), and ‘highly developed touch and sound’ (Fuldaer Zeitung), Nathanael has performed on three continents with appearances in Germany, Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Panama and throughout North America. He was named the 2012 Winner of the American Prize for solo piano performance, in recognition of his recordings on a variety of record labels. His leadership of the soundSCAPE Composition And Performance Exchange has been profiled by the webzine I Care If You Listen, and in the Eastman Case Studies published by the Institute for Music Leadership at the University of Rochester, New York. Nathanael founded this festival (2005) and subsequent non-profit foundation (2014) and served as the artistic director until 2019. He also co-founded the Piano Days Festival and Competition with pianist Thomas Rosenkranz; held biennially in Italy, this festival attracts top talent from China, Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia. Guest faculty have included professors and internationally renowned pianists from The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Shanghai and Beijing Conservatories, among others.
Dr. May was appointed Chair of the Music Department at Missouri Western State University in 2019, where he lectures as an Associate Professor of Piano. His students are winners of local and international competitions, and have been accepted with full scholarship for graduate study in performance at institutions throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. Dr. May has received faculty awards for Teaching Excellence, Outstanding Scholarship, and Service Leadership in recognition of his achievements at Missouri Western.