NATHANIEL YAFFE


Nathaniel Yaffe

The Secretary of Cultural Resources Betty Ray McCain Chair

Cellist Nathaniel Yaffe joined the North Carolina Symphony in the 2013/14 season. Born and raised in West Hartford, Conn., he earned a double bachelor’s degree in cello performance and audio recording from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) in 2009, and a master’s degree in cello performance from CIM in 2010. Dedicated to teaching as well as performing, Yaffe is a doctoral candidate in cello performance at the University of Minnesota.  While at there, he developed and taught a series of seminars on recording techniques for the performing musician.

He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony. A two-time Orchestral String Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Yaffe was a member of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was a production intern at Telarc International where he worked closely with Grammy Award-winning producers and engineers.

Among his accomplishments as a producer and engineer is the debut album of 2008 Naumburg International Violoncello Competition First Prize Winner David Requiro, which was released through Nathaniel Yaffe Productions to critical acclaim.

Yaffe’s teachers and mentors include Richard Aaron, Melissa Kraut, Michael Mermagen, and Tanya Remenikova.