Percussionist Nathan Petitpas was born and raised in Cape Breton Nova Scotia and now enjoys a busy performing career based in Toronto.
Nathan has been a member of the Thin Edge New Music Collective since 2012. Since joining the collective Nathan has had the honor of touring with them across Canada multiple times, performing in Argentina, recording on their first studio album, and premiering dozens of new works by living composers from Canada and abroad. Thin Edge has been ensemble in residence with Array Music since the beginning of the 2015/2016 season.
Nathan is also a founding member of Duologue, a violin and percussion duo with violinist Suhashini Arulanandam. They are committed to expanding the repertoire for this unusual combination by commissioning new works.
He has performed with organizations such as Cirque du Soleil, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Against the Grain Theatre, The Talisker Players, the Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company, FAWN Opera, Bad New Days, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, and Rose Orchestra to name a few. He has also performed in various festivals and concert series including Nuit Blanche Toronto, New Works Edmonton, New Music Calgary, Music on Main (Vancouver), Open Spaces in Victoria, The Music Gallery's X Avant Series, NUMUS, and twice in the Cape Breton International Drum Festival.
Outside of a classical context Nathan performs regularly on drum set with various projects in the Toronto area. He can also be heard on the debut album of Brooklyn-based orchestral pop band San Fermin. The album was released on Downtown Records in 2013, it was praised by NPR as "one of the year's most surprising, ambitious, evocative and moving records," and it reached #18 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers album chart.
As a composer, Nathan has had his music performed by the Toy Piano Composers Ensemble, the Stereoscope Saxophone Duo, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, Duologue, and the Acadia University and University of Toronto Percussion Ensembles.
Nathan teaches a variety of music programs through the Regent Park School of Music as well as private drum set and percussion lessons from his studio in Toronto. He has also coached the University of Toronto Percussion Ensemble, the Toronto All City Band, the South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, Calgary Youth Orchestra, and Edmonton Youth Orchestra.
Nathan holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto where he studied with Russell Hartenberger, Beverley Johnston, and Mark Duggan as well as a Bachelor of Music degree from Acadia University where he studied with Mark Adam. He has also received coaching from Steven Schick and Pius Cheung. In 2011-2012 he completed two ten-week independent music residencies at the Banff Centre and more recently has taken part in a performer-composer collaborative summer program as part of the Banff Centre's ARC summer programming.
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