Poets of the Piano



2:30 pm-4:00 pm


7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4

Four Sessions

This course is offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

This course follows the search for a spiritual experience in piano music, showing how composers from diverse eras and faiths used the piano to express their deepest thoughts on faith and transcendence. Composers included are JS Bach, Philip Glass, Judith Shatin, and Alexander Scriabin. 

Suggested Reading: 

Words Without Music  by Philip Glass [Liveright, 2016]

JS Bach: The Learned Musician by Christoph Wolff [W. Norton, rev. 2013]

Scriabin by Faubion Bowers [Dover Books, 1969 edition]

Nathan Carterette has distinguished himself in the concert world by performing a huge range of works from Elizabethan keyboard music to music written today. His innovative, approachable ‘Poets of the Piano’ has inspired audiences to approach unfamiliar music with open ears, and familiar music with new appreciation. 

Appearing as soloist, Nathan has been presented in such venues as Weill Recital Hall and the Yamaha Piano Salon of New York City, the Gasteig in Munich, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe of Hamburg, Cleveland’s Trinity Cathedral, and Pittsburgh’s Rodef Shalom; in several universities such as the Berklee School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Busan National University of South Korea, and Carnegie-Mellon.

Educated at Yale University, where he studied with Boris Berman, and University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Robert Weirich, Nathan began his piano studies at the age of eleven with Cleveland’s legendary Birute and Anthony Smetona. A chance encounter in 2004 with Welsh composer-pianist Dafydd Llywelyn led to an invitation for intensive private study in Munich, where Nathan studied and performed for three years.

Nathan, together with organist Edward Alan Moore, form The Arsenal Duo. They have performed many concerts throughout the country, from their 2013 debut in the historic Stambaugh Auditorium in Youngstown, OH; they were also featured performers there for the 2017 American Guild of Organists Great Lakes Regional Convention.


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