Nathan Wasner is a composer based in Kirkland, WA, who loves to write music driven by extramusical sources. He grew up studying classical piano and composition, and in high school participated in the Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop, learning to write chamber music in group classes led by SSO composer-in-residence, Samuel Jones. Other past composition teachers include Bright Sheng, Evan Chambers, Dr. Peter F. Wolf, and Warren Kunz. In addition to traditional composing, he also makes electronic music, writes songs, and is one half of the music duo, Vital Quarry, in which he is co-composer/singer/producer and plays trumpet and keyboards. He draws inspiration from a multitude of artists and composers, including J. S. Bach, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Alexander Scriabin, Nico Muhly, Kate Bush, and Radiohead, to name a few.