Nathan Klein is a young composer and orchestrator who is rapidly making his mark in settings ranging from the National Theatre and Emmy nominated television series to Academy Award nominated feature films and commercial campaigns for international brands.
Nathan’s debut feature film score premiered at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in the Generation Program. Winner of the Crystal Bear for Best Film, ‘Butterfly Kisses’ (Blue Shadows Films, BBC Films and Film London) was also nominated for the GWFF Best First Feature Award. Directed by Rafael Kapelinski, who was Academy Award shortlisted for his short film ‘Emily Cries’, the jury described the film to be ‘propelled by the rhythm of its powerful soundtrack’. Nathan’s score also garnered critical acclaim in Peter Bradshaw’s review for the Guardian.
Nathan’s orchestration credits include the BBC series ‘War and Peace’ (BBC Wales/Weinstein Company), the golden globe nominated score for Danny Boyle’s ‘Steve Jobs’ (Universal Pictures), golden globe nominated ‘Gold’ (Black Bear Pictures), starring Matthew McConaughey, the British television miniseries ‘Victoria’ (ITV), Nicole Garcia’s ‘From the Land of the Moon’ (Studio Canal), ‘Welcome to the Hartmanns’ (Warner Bros. DE), the film adaptation of Stephen Fry’s ‘The Hippopotamus’ (The Electric Shadow Company) and ‘Felt’ (Scott Free Productions/Universal Pictures).
Nathan also contributed orchestrations for Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword’ (Warner Bros.), upon which he assisted the score’s composer Daniel Pemberton.
Composing for feature film, Nathan also recently scored ‘What Nobody Can See’ from Ego Media and the National Film Centre of Latvia. Recorded by the Riga Sinfonietta, the score is a contemporary blend of string orchestra and electronics to accompany the gripping psychological thriller.
In the realm of Theatre, Nathan was nominated for an Off West End Award for his work on ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at the Southwark Playhouse. For Peter Shaffer’s ‘Amadeus’ at the National Theatre, he orchestrated Simon Slater’s original music and arranged Mozart for the Southbank Sinfonia.
Nathan has particular experience in developing music for new writing, having composed for Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s ‘Fury’ at Soho Theatre, Max Gill’s ‘La Ronde’ at the Bunker Theatre, Nina Raine’s ‘Before You Were Born’ at Trafalgar Studios and ‘Dry Land’ at Jermyn Street Theatre. Past work for stage has also included productions at the Nuffield Theatre, The Oxford Playhouse, the Tokyo Metropolitan Arts Theatre and Yvonne Arnaud Theatre.
Highlights of Nathan’s music for short film are ‘Rumble’ with BAFTA nominated Blindeye Films, recognised by festivals worldwide, and ‘Spitball’ in partnership with Northern Ireland Screen.
Combined with a talent for studio composition and sound design, Nathan’s classical training and double first class degree in Music from Oxford University makes him a truly versatile composer able to collaborate on a wide range of creative projects.
Based in London, Nathan holds duel British and American Citizenship.