Double bass player Nathaniel De la Cruz was born in Huanuco, Peru in 1992. He started learning the piano at the age of 6 from his father, and he also enjoyed learning Peruvian traditional instruments and music. He started to play the double bass in 2008 at the age of 16 with professor Dante Bereche from the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru. A year later he was accepted to study at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru with Ricardo Otarola. In 2010, Nathaniel played Beethoven’s 5th Symphony with the Caracas Youth Symphony conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, in a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Development Bank of Latin America. During his time in Lima while studying at the conservatory, he served as Principal Bass of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Peru. In 2012, Nathaniel was awarded a music scholarship to study at the University of Southern Mississippi – School of Music with Dr. Marcos Machado. During this time in Mississippi he was the winner of the first place at the MMTA Strings Solo Competition in 2014. In 2016, he won the first prize at the MTNA Young Artists Strings Solo Competition, and was the first prize winner of the Annual William T. Gower Concerto Competition at his university. In addition, in 2016, he was awarded Orchestral Musician of the Year and Undergraduate Student of the Year by the USM School of Music faculty and the dean of students. Nathaniel was also the principal double bass player of the USM Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Meridian Symphony and Gulf-Coast Symphony. Nathaniel was also selected as one of five participants to the Annual Pirastro Strings Elite Soloists Program under Prof. Jeff Bradetich in 2016 and 2017 at the University of North Texas. In 2017, he was awarded a scholarship and a teaching assistantship position at the School of Music, Dance and Theater of Arizona State University to study his masters degree with Catalin Rotaru. He is now currently working on his Doctor of Musical Arts degree, and he also serves as the double bass instructor of Harmony Project Phoenix, a non-profit organization that offers music education to children of all ages. He is currently a member of the West Valley Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Broadway Theater, and principal double bass of the ASU Symphony Orchestra. Throughout his career, Nathaniel has appeared in concerts with renowned conductors and soloists like Case Scaglione, Manuel Lopez-Gomez, Midori, Nadja Salerno-Sonnemberg, Lynn Harrell, Amit Peled, Juan Diego Florez, Paul Badura-Skoda, Anthony McGill, Deboarh Voigt, and The Beach Boys. Nathaniel took private lessons and master classes with world-class double bassists Leonid Finkelshteyn, DaXun Zhang, Thierry Barbe, Michael Cameron, Owen Lee, and George Speed. In 2019, he was one of the finalists for a Diversity Fellowship offered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. The same year, he participated in the legendary Giovanni Bottesini International Double bass Competition in Italy. In January 2020, he was the 1st prize winner of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra National Young Artists Competition. He was going to have his solo debut with the Coeur d’Alene Symphony in Idaho in March, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic. Nathaniel is also a food enthusiast and enjoys cooking and exploring different kinds of foods. He loves biking, reading, watching movies, and making music with his girlfriend Dr. Rosa LoGiudice who is his pianist and duet partner.
You can find Nathaniel’s performance here.