Dr. Nash Ryder is currently a violinist and rotating concertmaster in the New World Symphony in Miami, FL. Beginning his studies at the age of seven, he studied with world-renowned pedagogues Donald Weilerstein and Anait Arutunian at the New England Conservatory of Music Preparatory School. Under the tutelage of Ronald Copes and Frank Huang, he later earned his B.M. and M.M. in violin performance from the Juilliard School.
Nash was the first student in the institution’s history to receive both undergraduate honors and an accelerated graduate degree. He later received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music as a student of Robin Scott in the spring of 2021.
Appearing on the highly acclaimed NPR radio show ‘From the Top’ in his youth, Nash has since performed as violinist and violist in a wide variety of venues internationally and nationally, including festivals such as the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau in France, the Lake District Music Festival in England, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Meadowmount School of Music and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. He has been a featured soloist with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, the New England String Ensemble, White Mountain Bach Festival Orchestra, the Frost Symphony Orchestra, I Solisti di Miami, and the Colorado College SMF Orchestra.
Nash has shared the stage with artists such as Josh Groban, Linda Eder, Yefim Bronfman, Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Ilya Kaler, Jeffrey Zeigler, members of the Ying quartet, and many others. Nash has also had the privilege of working closely with composers Michael Finnissy and Peter Maxwell-Davies on several of their works. He has performed under the batons of conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Jeannette Sorrell, Gemma New, Gerard
Schwarz, Gary Wedow, Joseph Colaneri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Alan Gilbert, Gianandrea Noseda, Thomas Adès, Yip Wing-Sie, Larry Rachleff, Jeffery Kahane and Scott Yoo.
Nash has played with a number of orchestras throughout his career including the Florida Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Venice Symphony and the Punta Gorda Symphony. Passionate about music education and string pedagogy, he is a Teaching Artist at New World and faculty member of SummerKeys in Lubec, ME. Additionally, he is a mentor at Bravo Waukegan, a non-profit arts education initiative based in Chicago. Dr. Ryder is thrilled to return to his home state of Maine in the summer of 2023 to join the amazing faculty, staff and students at NEMC!