Nate Ben-Horin smiles softly at the camera, with round glasses and a slight beard. He had ginger hair, is wearing a white button up, and is against a concrete wall.

Nate Ben-Horin


A 2021-22 Resident Artist with Opera Columbus and visiting professor at Capital University, Nate Ben-Horin divides his work as a pianist and vocal coach between the United States and Canada. A former solo student of Jeremy Denk, he recently completed a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano at McGill University with Michael McMahon and Stephen Hargreaves, and has received additional training from Highlands Opera Studio, Lachine Vocal Academy, and the CoOperative Program. As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley he won the 2014 Austin F. William Prize in piano performance, and was subsequently hired as a Staff Pianist and Assistant Choral Director. He has worked widely with local singers and instrumentalists in the San Francisco area, including the Jewish Folk Choirs of San Francisco and Berkeley, and several consecutive seasons with West Edge Opera variously as répétiteur, harpsichordist, choir master, and recitalist.

As a Composer, his pieces tend to be lyrical, often seeking to integrate classical, modern, and American folk traditions. His music has been described as “compelling” ( and “beautiful” (The Whole Note). He has studied composition with Montreal-native Linda Bouchard, free jazz pianist Myra Melford, and avant-garde composer-vocalist Ken Ueno. His chamber music has been premiered and performed by Celli, UC Berkeley’s all-cello ensemble, members of the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and the Drawing Lineage, Building Legacy project under the auspices of the 2016 National Queer Arts Festival. He is currently a proud co-curator, arranger and pianist of The Shoah Songbook, a digital recital series which highlights rare music from the Holocaust.

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