Nathan Aspinall, a native of Brisbane, Australia, has fulfilled his dream of pursuing a career overseas when he was named Assistant Conductor of the Jacksonville Symphony. Previously he held the position of Young Conductor with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. While in that role, Aspinall worked closely with the symphony’s Chief Conductor Joahannes Fritzsh, visiting guest conductors and conducting concerts for the symphony’s education series which provides musical education and introduction to the classics to young musicians and their families.
Aspinall studied at the University of Queensland majoring in both French horn and conducting. Following his graduation, he continued his studies at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano and Hugh Wolff. Always eager to learn more, Aspinall admitted to Australian Stage Online that in his spare time he enjoys reading the biographies of great conductors and finding their performances on YouTube. His discovery of a YouTube clip of Bernard Haitink led to his dream to conduct.
Aspinall has made appearances with many orchestras including the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. This past summer he attended the Tanglewood Music Center’s Conducting Workshop. For the last two years he has studied inBoston at New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff.
Although deeply devoted to his career, Aspinall has admitted that he enjoys reading travel and cook books as well as playing a round of golf in Victoria Park with his mates. Look for him at the Jacksonville Symphony and our area golf courses this year.