Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Horn Nathaniel Silberschlag, age 23

Posted on: June 8, 2022

In 2019, “Nathaniel Silberschlag … at just 21, had recently taken the seat of principal horn with Cleveland, one of the most skilled and storied orchestras in the country,” writes Joshua Barone in Monday’s (6/6) New York Times. “Now 23, and following a two-year probationary period, Silberschlag is an official, tenured member of the orchestra…. ‘The tradition of this orchestra, the tradition of this brass section—it is as cliché as it gets, but it is a dream come true that I made it here,’ [said Silberschlag]. Silberschlag was born into what he called a ‘very, very musical family.’… There are well over a dozen professional musicians … among his relatives. His grandfather was Sol Greitzer, a violist who played under Toscanini and held the principal seat at the New York Philharmonic for over a decade (appointed by Pierre Boulez). His parents met as members of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. And his older brother, Zachary Silberschlag, is the principal trumpet of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra…. Silberschlag started piano at 3, then horn at 4…. With the possibility of … decades ahead in Cleveland, Silberschlag said, ‘I couldn’t be happier that I got to be in this orchestra.’ ”