Nathan Cepelinski

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Jazz Piano, Saxophone, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Clarinet, Audition Prep, Audition Prep from Berklee Alumni
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Canadian New York-based saxophonist and composer Nathan Cepelinski began playing music at the age of twelve, and began performing professionally at fourteen.

Nathan has received a total of five awards from the famed Downbeat Magazine, for his playing and for various compositions. In 2006, the American National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts selected him as one of six young musicians, from an international pool of applicants, to play in the highly coveted Clifford Brown-Stan Getz Fellowship All-Star Band, a group representing the highest level of jazz talent yearly. As well, Musicfest Canada, the most widely attended national music competition, awarded him the coveted Yamaha Kando Scholarship, the first place award given to one of some 400,000 young musicians from across the country.

In 2011, Nathan graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he pursued degrees in performance and film composing on full scholarship.

Since relocating to Manhattan, Nathan has worked with many bands, and produced music for a host of film projects. His scored productions have been featured on major television networks including Lifetime and Syfy.

Over the years of his musical career, Nathan is fortunate to have played and/or studied with many internationally acclaimed musicians, such as John JR Robinson (Michael Jackson, Madonna), Jimmy Cobb (Miles Davis, John Coltrane), Joe Lovano, Hal Crook, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Jeff Ballard, Chase Sanborn, Miguel Zenon, George Colligan, Ralph Peterson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jim Odgren, Ed Tomassi, David Santoro, Phil Wilson, George Garzone, David Liebman, Bob Mintzer, and Barry Harris.


“...[Nathan] demonstrate[s] that Canada has no shortage of vibrant new voices on horn...Cepelinski is particularly melodic and fluent...”  -Ralph A. Miriello, Huffington Post

“...deserving to be heard by fans of Chris Potter, Donny McCaslin and Seamus Blake.”  -John Kelman, All About Jazz

“...the most outstanding young jazz talent to have emerged from Ottawa.”  -Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

NATHAN TAKES NEW YORK - MARCH 2006 (The Ottawa Citizen): Large feature story, documenting Nathan’s journey as a musician. Archived on the Citizen website. 

Better bring a towel because you will sweat!! Just kidding. I like to keep my lessons as laid back and fun as possible - it's important that both you and me look forward to our weekly meetings!

I like to sit down with my new students and discuss whether they have any specific musical goals, and then devise a study plan that will enable them to reach those goals within a few months. Whether it's being able to play the Simpsons theme or Flight of the Bumble Bee, it's doable!

Other than that, I want to make sure all my students have a well versed knowledge of music theory, and the ability to read music, do ear training, and understand chords and scales. As daunting as all of this seems, it's all simple stuff and is very learnable for anyone.

Besides all of this, the sky's the limit! Even Beethoven started somewhere. You decide how good you can be, and I can bring you to that level!