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Author: Nathan Shirley

Classical composer & pianist Nathan Shirley has received over half a dozen national and international awards for his solo, chamber, and orchestral compositions. As a teenager he was mentored in composition by Olga Harris, the last student of Khachaturian. Mr. Shirley’s music has been performed in over a dozen countries around the world and is available on CD, DVD, and online.

DIVING DEEPER INTO COMPOSITION

The three primary creative art forms are visual arts, literary arts, and music. Like the three primary colors they can be mixed, producing ballet, song, theater, film, and so on. Creativity is fundamental to all art, but technique is required to actualize a creative idea…

CLASSICAL PIANO RECORDING

There are nearly endless ways to record a piano, but essentially there are two distinct approaches: classical, and everything else (pop/jazz). Jazz/pop piano is often…

NEW ALBUM | ONE HAND OR TWO?

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The new album is complete and available here. The “simple” commissioned pieces evolved into not-so-simple pieces. These were a great challenge to write, learn, and…

DVD | WHILE GOOD FOLK SLEEP

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I am happy to say the DVD version of my recent CD While Good Folk Sleep is being pressed as I write this, and should be ready to ship by the end of this week.…