As a festival producer, concert organizer, recording artist, consultant, educator, and pianist, Nathanael May seeks to engage audiences with music of the modern era. Noted for ‘quicksilver grace’ (Fanfare) and ‘highly developed, extremely differentiated touch’ (Fuldaer Zeitung), Nathanael has performed on three continents and was named the 2012 Winner of the American Prize in recorded solo piano performance. As a founding member of the Strung Out Trio, he has commissioned many works, receiving a 2011 International Barlow Foundation Grant for a trio by German microtonal composer Michael Quell. SOT gave the American premiere of this work as a featured ensemble at the national conference of the College Music Society in Boston. He is also the founder and artistic director of the soundSCAPE Composition And Performance Exchange; a festival dedicated to the promotion of music by emerging composers and performers. Since its inception in 2005, soundSCAPE has attracted 300 participants from 30+ countries, resulting in the creation of hundreds of new works. He has also co-founded the international Piano Days Festival & Competition, which in 2015 presented Juilliard professor of piano, Jerome Lowenthal, along with 20 students from Asia, Europe and the USA.
Nathanael has received awards of distinction recognizing contributions to university scholarship and service, and was named the 2011 Outstanding Recent Alumnus of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Areas of research interest include piano repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, with presentations at the Euro Mediterranean Music Conference (Cyprus), World Piano Conference (Serbia), Composition in the 21st Century Conference (Dublin), and the International Festival for Artistic Innovation (Leeds). Nathanael holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (MM) and the University of Kansas (DMA), with appointments to posts at Eastern Mediterranean University (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) and Missouri Western State University, where he currently lectures as an associate professor of piano.