Cornettist and lutenist Nathaniel Cox enjoys a varied career as a multi-instrumental early music specialist. After earning Bachelor's degrees in trumpet performance and Russian literature from Oberlin College and Conservatory, Nathaniel was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study cornetto with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. While in Basel, he also taught himself to play theorbo, and was quickly in high demand as a continuo player.
In 2012 he founded, with soprano Agnes Coakley, the ensemble In Stile Moderno, a group dedicated to performing rarely-heard works from the 17th century. Since moving back to the United States in 2014 he has performed with some of North America’s leading early music ensembles, including Apollo’s Fire, The Toronto Consort, Ensemble Caprice, Bach Collegium San Diego, and the Dark Horse Consort. He is now based in Boston where he appears regularly with such groups as Les Enfants d’Orphée, The Boston Camerata, Ensemble Origo, Sarasa Chamber Ensemble, and Seven Times Salt among many others.
His most recent solo recital was performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of their exhibit “Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio”. Nathaniel teaches cornetto privately and at the Amherst Early Music Festival.