Biographical Note


"Shirley is the real deal, completely contemporary music that rewards the listener fully."     ~Dr. David Hopes


Nathan Shirley has received one national and five international awards for his piano, chamber and orchestral compositions starting at age 21, and has performed his music in Europe and the US.

In adolescence Nathan discovered classical recordings and spent countless hours improvising at the piano. He is heavily self-taught, but as a teenager was mentored in composition by Olga Harris, the last student of Khachaturian. At 17 he received a composition scholarship but eventually abandoned the academic world, devoting himself to the study of classical composition as he envisioned it... Read the full bio