Nathaniel Yaffe

The Secretary of Cultural Resources Betty Ray McCain Chair

Nathaniel Yaffe, cellist and recording engineer, joined the North Carolina Symphony cello section in 2013, and has served as its archival recording engineer since 2016. He is a founding member of the Oak City String Quartet and Cello Fourum, a cello quartet. He maintains a small private teaching studio and coaches chamber music with the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute. Each summer, Yaffe performs and teaches at the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy in Virginia.

Yaffe has engineered and produced recordings that have been broadcast on WCPE and WUNC. His recording of the debut album of cellist David Requiro was released to critical acclaim.

Yaffe holds a double bachelor’s degree in cello performance and audio recording, and a master’s degree in cello performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He continued his education at the University of Minnesota in cello performance. He has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and New World Symphony, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival and School.