Violist Nathan Hackett is a member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and principal violist of both the Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Chamber orchestras.
Very active in chamber music, Mr. Hackett is a founding member of the Philomusica String Quartet, in residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Now in its third year, the critically acclaimed quartet has been featured on Chicago's WFMT with live broadcasts of the Dvorak and Brahms F Minor piano quintets with Daniel Del Pino. The 2010.11 season brought a performance of the Schumann Piano Quintet at Roosevelt University's Ganz Hall with Winston Choi and a recording of James Grant's Sextet for Strings and Bass Clarinet.
Since 2003, Mr. Hackett has been the violist of the Washington Island Music Festival where he performs chamber music with colleagues from the MSO and other orchestras for two weeks each August. Prior to this he was principal violist at the Woodstock Mozart Festival for 10 years, where his frequent chamber music partner was Mark Peskanov.
Mr. Hackett studied viola with Jerry Homer and chamber music with the Fine Arts Quartet at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Other influential teachers have been Lewis Rosove, Peter Slowik, and Burton Kaplan.
Teaching is an important part of Mr. Hackett's musical life; he coaches privately and for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra.