Cellist Nathan Walhout joined the San Diego Symphony in 2020. Prior to starting with the Symphony, Mr. Walhout was pursuing his Master’s degree at Rice University studying with Brinton Smith. Mr. Walhout graduated in 2019 with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan studying with Richard Aaron. Before college Mr. Walhout studied at the Music Institute of Chicago Academy with the late Gilda Barston.
Mr. Walhout participated in the 2018 and 2019 New York String Orchestra Seminars. Recent summer festival appearances include the Sarasota Music Festival and Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC. Mr. Walhout has been a fellowship student at the Aspen Music Festival for the past five summers. In 2018-19 Mr. Walhout served as a fellow in the Aspen Music Festival Center for Orchestral Leadership.
Growing up in the Chicagoland area, Mr. Walhout participated in numerous local competitions. He has been privileged to perform with the Oistrakh and Ars Viva Symphony Orchestras and competed in the finals for the Chicago Symphony Young Artists Competition. As an avid chamber musician, Mr. Walhout has been a three-time semifinalist at the Fischoff Chamber Competition, the Grand Prize winner of the A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Chamber Music Competition and has performed live numerous times on Chicago’s WFMT 98.7 FM.
In addition to cello, Nathan Walhout enjoys playing chess, running and biking.