Nathan Leyland, born in Butler, Pennsylvania, later moved to Lynchburg, Virginia and began his cello studies in the public schools at the age of nine. After moving to Ohio he began studies with Richard Bell, associate principal cellist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and in Connecticut studied with Laura Kane, former principal cellist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Nathan attended the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Tchaikovsky Competition gold medalist Nathaniel Rosen, a former student and teaching assistant to the late Gregor Piatigorsky. Mr. Leyland has performed as soloist with the Hartford Symphony , Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Southeastern Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Des Moines Symphony Orchestra, and the Welsh Hills Chamber Orchestra, to name a few. Nathan began his professional career at the age of 20 by becoming the cellist of the Pioneer String Quartet. In addition to that appointment, he was Principal cellist of The Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Leyland moved to North Carolina in 2001 and began performing regularly with some of the areas professional ensembles such as the North Carolina Symphony, Carolina Ballet, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Master Chorale, and the Choral Society of Durham. Currently, he is the principal cellist of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Philharmonic, and the Tar River Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and cellist with The Mallarme Chamber Players. Along with these positions, Leyland is an avid chamber musician and recitalist, performing across much of the United States. In his spare time he enjoys time with his family and playing golf.