Nathaniel West joined The Philadelphia Orchestra’s bass section in September 2017. He is a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with Philadelphia Orchestra Principal Bass Harold Robinson and Edgar Meyer. As a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and finalist in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts YoungArts program, Mr. West performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 2009. He has also soloed with both the New Albany Symphony and the Curtis Institute 20/21 ensemble. As a chamber musician, he has performed regularly with the quintet Ensemble39 in Philadelphia and the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York, and he spent three summers at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. This season he performs Dvorák’s String Quintet, Op. 77, at the Luzerne Chamber Music Festival in Lake Luzerne, New York. Mr. West has performed with the Atlanta Symphony, the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony, the National Symphony, and is a former member of the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington DC. He has also performed as guest principal with the Atlanta and Toronto symphonies and the Festival Teatro del Lago Orchestra in Frutillar, Chile. He plays a British instrument made by William Gilkes in London in 1843.