(c) Karl Degehardt

Nathan Bontrager

Nathan Bontrager (1984), born in the U.S.A., is a cellist and multi-instrumentalist. He feels at home in a wide variety of different music styles. The spectrum ranges from the Renaissance, over traditional music from the Appalachian Mountains to avant-garde jazz. Bontrager has performed in the US, South America, and Europe. He has worked with Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot, Mary Halverson, Gerry Hemingway, Joe Morris, Jherek Bischoff and director Robert Wilson. He is a founding member of Impakt, the collective for improvised and contemporary music in Cologne, and is an integral part of the Rundfunk Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld. As a composer, he writes pieces for solo cello, choir and chamber music ensemble. Bontrager is currently studying Viola da Gamba at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne.