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 and the Maine Arts Commission. 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.

Mystery Trio 
I can say no more until next year. Curious ? 

The Eclectic Electric Project

This has been a covert electric guitar project. I am not sure where this will lead but I wanted to share some tunes from the collection. Enjoy!  

Live Footage from the Premiere of 
Algiers by Nathan Kolosko 
 NESI 2017

My Middle Eastern Ensemble Zapion was recently 
rewarded a grant I wrote earlier this year !! 

Zapion will be recording The Fertile Crescent Project later this year, made possible by the Maine Arts Commission.

About the project:

The Fertile Crescent is a region in the Middle East that stretches from Egypt to Iran. Due to water supplies and agricultural resources, it was in this region that some of the earliest human civilizations flourished. It is also believed to be the birthplace of writing, glass, the wheel, agriculture, and the use of irrigation.

This recording project will represent the rich and varied musical cultures of the region. The recording will be performed on authentic ethnic instruments with particular attention given to the interpretive practices unique to each genre.

Zapion looks to not only entertain, but educate their audiences with regard to the artistic depth and nuance this music contains. The recording will be accompanied by extensive writing on the regional history and cultural background of the music. Information will also be provided on the structure and idiosyncrasies of these musical traditions.

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, 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 


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

Hungarian Trio
 - Nathan Kolosko (2011)
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)