Biography

Currently enrolled in the orchestra conducting master at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, under Sakari Oramo, Nathanaël Iselin has previously studied conducting in three of the most prestigious music universities in Europe : the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, the Hochschule der Künste in Zürich and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. Whilst a student he has been mentored by such renowned conductors as Mariss Jansons, Fabio Luisi, Susanna Mälkki, Jorma Panula, Michael Schønwandt, Giordano Bellincampi, Johannes Schlaefli, Thomas Søndergård, Alexander Vedernikov and Simone Young.

In the 2021-2022 season, Nathanaël will make his debut with the Orchestre National de Montpellier, France as well as the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Finland. He recently conducted the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in May and June 2021, in pieces such as Sibelius 2nd symphony, Ravel Tombeau de Couperin and Piano Concerto in G, and Prokofiev 1st Piano Concerto. These concerts were followed by an immediate reinvitation and an appointment as Assistant Conductor of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra for the 2021/2022 season. In 2019 he conducted the Copenhagen Philharmonic in a performance for Her Majesty the Queen of Denmark. Nathanaël has also been selected among more than 150 candidates to participate in the renowned Panula Competition, which will take place this November in Vaasa, Finland.

On the opera scene, Nathanaël has conducted a fully staged production of Carmen for a youth audience at Opera Hedeland, Denmark and has been invited to return in August 2021 to conduct Rigoletto. He also worked at the Bern Opera, Switzerland, as a second conductor and assistant for a production of Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.

During his education he conducted such orchestras as the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz, on a varied repertoire including pieces like Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, Elgar Enigma Variations, symphonies and concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, contemporary music as well as operatic repertoire by Gounod, Mozart, Verdi, Wagner…

His studies at the Paris Conservatoire have given him both a love of and an insight into the music of French impressionism such as Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Ravel’s Ma Mère l’Oye. Considering himself a citizen of Europe, he has lived in several countries of central Europe and Scandinavia, taking the chance to deepen his love for Finnish music – Sibelius and Rautavaara in particular.

As a percussionist, he has performed with the Ensemble Intercontemporain-CNSMDP, the Limoges Opera, the Nouvelle Europe Orchestra, led by conductors such as David Zinman, Dennis Russell Davies and Matthias Pintscher.