Multi-instrumentalist, Nathan Kolosko performs and composes music that is both original and eclectic. Music that embraces a wide breadth of repertoire and genres, while melding ancient traditions with contemporary approaches and sensibilities. His compositions have been performed and recorded by musicians around the globe and are currently published by Doberman-Yppan & Productions D'Oz.

Nathan's recordings have gained the attention of numerous critics. "A high-octane agenda from a guitarist with the skill, imagination, and confidence to bring it alive." - Classical Guitar, London. Collaboration is a source of inspiration for Nathan. His collaborators have included musicians Carl Dimow and Dan Cosley, visual/performance artist Ling-Wen Tsai, and the middle eastern ensemble Zapion.

Nathan has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including grants from the Allied Arts Foundation and D'Addario Strings.

Nathan is a dedicated teacher, devoted to helping his students achieve their own personal musical goals. Nathan has taught private and group lessons for over 25 years on topics ranging from Classical Guitar to the music of The Beatles. He has published several pedagogical works and composed numerous compositions specific to his students needs.

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Zapion Releases EP

Progressive Duets Published




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Not your average book of duets. This collection of pieces is intended for the beginning reader. The duets progress from simple rhythms on open strings to playing complete melodies using first position notes on the first three strings.  


New notes, rhythms, dynamics, articulations, and formal structures are introduced throughout the collection. The book culminates in pieces that are recital worthy and fun to play. Dedicated students finish this collection with basic reading skills, a mastery of essential rhythms and meters, and a thoughtful and artistic approach to their music making. Twenty duets in total. (16-pages)

Instant Ensembles Published


                      


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I am always on the lookout for good entry level ensemble pieces. It can be a challenge to find works that are accessible, enjoyable and level appropriate for all the players involved. The Instant Ensemble Series looks to meet all these criteria. The ensembles are written around solo guitar compositions that are part of the staple repertoire for any classical guitar student. I have written string parts that now place these solo works for guitar in the role of  accompaniment.
This series contains both quartet and duet editions. The quartet edition has unique parts written for all instruments. The duet version contains an arrangement of the melody for each individual string instrument.  
This extremely versatile collection of music that can be used in many settings with a number of different instruments. The violin part can be substituted with flute or even a second guitar. Parts can be doubled or even played by  larger ensembles such as a string orchestra. The possibilities are numerous.


I hope you enjoy these works and have great success in your endeavors !


Nathan Kolosko 2017
Nathan Joins Middle Eastern Ensemble Zapion on Oud 

 




Nathan's Hungarian Trio 
Recorded by The Black Cedar Trio






New Publication - Three Curiosities



New Publication - Dénouement



NESI Benefit Concert

Please Join us for an evening of music & desserts to benefit a wonderful cause !

What: Join us for an evening of wonderful desserts and amazing music by
the kolosko - dimow duo, featuring New England Suzuki Institute faculty,
Nathan Kolosko (classical guitar) and guest Carl Dimow (flute & bass flute).

Program: These classically trained performers/composers will showcase
an evening of original compositions drawing from various world traditions
featuring the unique and beautiful combination of flute and guitar.

Where: 208 Pine St, Portland, ME; the lovely home of NESI board
president, Tom Newman and wife Lori.

When: Sunday, April 1, 6 - 7:30 pm.

Cost: Donations accepted with deepest gratitude -- all proceeds to
support operations and programs of the New England Suzuki Institute.
RSVP by March 28 to Clorinda Noyes, clorinda.noyes@gmail.com or
761-4639 (email preferred).

February 23rd Noonday Concert

What : Nathan will be joined by Carl Dimow and Benjamin Noyes in a concert of his own works for solo guitar and trio. The program will include premieres of two new solo works and a performance of the final revised version of his Hungarian trio for flute, guitar and cello.


Where: First Parish Church, 425 Congress Street  Portland, ME 04101
(207) 773-5747

When: February 23rd 12:00 noon, donation suggested 


Program:

Three Curiosities
   -  Nathan Kolosko (2012)
Asymmetry
Clown Solace
Blue Arabesque

Hungarian Trio
 - Nathan Kolosko (2011)
Prelude
Round Dance
Ancient Melody
Spinning Dance



Dénouement - Nathan Kolosko (2011)

Animus Reus Review






ANIMUS REUS for solo guitar 
by Nathan Kolosko
In recent times there is one composer whose name keeps making an occasional appearance in my review package and that is the American guitarist Nathan Kolosko. In my experience of playing through his music I have never once been even slightly disappointed by his skilful compositions and arrangements and in fact his Dreaming By the Stream (from the four-movement piece Songs from Formosa) has become a firm favourite of mine to perform. 
Animus Reus is probably going to knock Dreaming By the Stream off its pedestal as this has to be one of the most beautiful and emotionally moving solo guitar pieces I’ve come across in many a year. 
Apparently it was composed as a gift for four friends of the composer who had gone through some life challenges and this is well reflected in this slow, lyrical and very expressive composition. The relatively rare tuning of 6th string to low C gives Kolosko the opportunity to obtain wonderfully rich textures throughout the work. This soulful piece would move the most hardened of hearts and I can well imagine it having a stunning impact if used perhaps as an alternative calm encore item. 
Technically it would be manageable for the Grade 5-6 player. 
Highly recommended 
Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Tonadilla Review





TONADILLA for solo guitar 
by Nathan Kolosko
Starting with a brief, but arresting, introduction of a slightly dark nature with Spanish undertones, Tonadilla soon gets underway with a doubling up of tempo and grows from a delicate melodic line performed in harmonics into a more substantial composition where, eventually things hot up with the odd rasgueado and cascading triplets culminating in a short and tranquil echo of the beginning of the work before an explosive brief bit of strumming concludes the piece abruptly. 
Throughout Kolosko utilises some splendid harmonies and good melodic invention reminiscent of the likes of Granados and Turina. 
The piece is good enough to be included in any formal concert repertoire although placement in the programme may be restricted due to the piece’s brevity. 
A well presented publication, neatly fingered and of around the Higher-Intermediate standard. 
Steve Marsh (Classical Guitar Magazine)

Nathan's Composition "Tonadilla" Performed by Marlène Lemay

Excerpt from the Gala Concert organized for the 25th anniversary of Les Productions d'OZ, November 2nd 2011. It took place at the Henri-Gagnon Concert Hall, in Louis-Jacques-Casault Building, Laval University, Quebec.

Nathan Plays Toby Rzepka Guitar


          

1st Annual Portland Early Music Festival


                     Festival Information

Nathan will be teaching a master class, 
and workshop on ornamentation:
Saturday October 23rd 2:30-3:45pm

Kolosko-Dimow Featured on MPBN

   
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Kolosko-Dimow Featured on Morning Classical Music with Suzanne Nance
Thank you to Suzanne for her continued Support !!