Hailed by violinist James Ehnes as “mesmerizing,” Dr. Nash Ryder began playing violin at the age of seven. At the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School, he studied with world-renowned pedagogues Donald Weilerstein and Anait Arutunian. Under the tutelage of Ronald Copes and Frank Huang, he later earned his B.M. and M.M. in violin performance from the Juilliard School. Nash was the first student in the institution’s history to receive both undergraduate honors and an accelerated graduate degree. He later received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Robin Scott in the spring of 2021.
Featured on the highly acclaimed NPR radio show ‘From the Top’ in his youth, Nash has since performed in a wide variety of venues internationally and nationally, performing in festivals such as the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau in France, the Lake District Music Festival in England, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He has been the featured soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble, White Mountain Bach Festival Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti di Miami, and the Colorado College SMF Orchestra.
Nash has shared the stage with artists such as Josh Groban, Linda Eder, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Ilya Kaler, Jeffrey Zeigler, members of the Ying quartet, and others. He has performed in masterclasses for Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Robert Levin, Paul Kantor, Mark O’Connor, Timothy Lees, Charles Wetherbee, as well as members of the Parker Quartet, Quatuor Ébène, and the Emerson String Quartet. Nash also had the privilege of working closely with composers Michael Finnissy and Peter Maxwell-Davies on several of their works. He has performed under the batons of conductors such as, Michael Tilson Thomas, Gerard Schwarz, Gary Wedow, Joseph Colaneri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Thomas Ades, Yip Wing-Sie, Larry Rachleff, Jeffery Kahane and Scott Yoo.
Dedicated to igniting positive social change through music, Nash is currently involved in initiatives that support underserved children and other vital causes through teaching and various awareness efforts. For the past several years, he has organized fundraisers for children with developmental disabilities at Ashley’s Learning Centre in Turks and Caicos. He has helped raise over $75,000 for this wonderful cause. To learn more about the important work of this institution, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/ashleyextraordinaryminds
Nash has played with a number of orchestras including the Florida Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Venice Symphony and the Punta Gorda Symphony. He joined the New World Symphony in fall of 2022.
He will be teaching - July 31-August 4