30 September 2019 7:00 PM

Two American musicians chosen for the prestigious International Cultural Exchange Program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic

Two young American musicians have been selected from a national search to participate in the International Cultural Exchange for Classical Musicians. This program, sponsored by the Bosnian Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS), is in its 9 year, and places talented young musicians in a 10 month residency performance program with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Each participant will receive free housing accommodations while they are in B&H, sponsored by the B&D Ministry of Culture, as well as a living stipend from the Sarajevo Philharmonic. An airfare is provided by the BHAAAS.

The musicians selected to participate for the 2019-2020 season are: Dwayne Beach, viola, from New York, New York; and Nathaniel Stone Klause, French horn, from Boston Massachusetts. These musicians will perform in symphonic, opera, and ballet concerts from September 2019 through July 2020.

The mission of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences is to provide connections between Bosnian-Herzegovinian and scientists, musicians, artists, and professionals in North America to build bridges of cooperation between our countries. The Academy promotes the spirit of intellectual diversity and free exchange of ideas in the belief that knowledge is shareable wealth.

The International Cultural Exchange Program for Classical Musicians selection of the musicians was done by The Artistic Council of the SP orchestra and Eldin E Karaikovic, BHAAAS Cultural Exchange Program Project Director. The applicants submitted copies of their performance resumes and unedited DVDs of their playing. The applicants also included a short video about why they wanted to participate in the program. Below are their biographies and photos. 

INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM for CLASSICAL MUSICIANS with the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019-2020 Participants

Dwayne Beach

Dwayne Beach, currently a Master Degree laureate from Brooklyn College Conservatory in Viola Performance. He also graduated with his Baccalaureate in Music from Hunter College in viola and a second discipline in Italian Linguistics. He's an Alda Fellowship Scholar who has studied under the tutelage of Artistic Faculty Masao Kawasaki at Brooklyn College, and formally under Dr. Reuben Blundell. 
He has had the luxury of being seated in the Principle Viola Seat for various orchestras: from All-City Youth Orchestra (2007-8), Hunter Symphony (2009-11), “New York’s hippest orchestra” (Courier-Life) One World Symphony (2012-14), and currently Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra.

In mist of his performance role as principal violist, Dwayne’s sound has been described by another orchestral musician as.... “A warm sound that carries the orchestra. You can be transfixed by his body expressions and sound. He’s like the meat of the orchestra… really humble, a good leader, and very passionate” (Magna Blemur, The Hunter Bridge).

Dwayne has also been interested in bringing together his love for music and dance and has spent the bulk of 2019 creating original compositions that explore movement with sound. He has been working with Yamini Kalluri an acclaimed Kuchipudi Indian classical dance expert, together they have been touring with their composition titled “East Meets West.” Alongside this project, Dwayne has been working with contemporary dance company Sanslimites Dance also in creating a work titled “The Trio” where he dances and plays his instrument simultaneously.

Nathaniel Stone Klause

Nathaniel Stone Klause was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona where he was introduced to the horn at the age of 10.  Six years later, Nate enrolled at the Interlochen Arts Academy to finish his high school education.  Nate ultimately received a Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University studying with Eric Ruske.  During this time, he spent a semester studying at the Royal College of Music in London.
As an orchestral musician, Nate spent four seasons as a member of the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra under Benjamin Zander, participating in three international tours, multiple CD releases, and outreach events.  Nate was awarded a fellowship to the Orchestra of the Americas in 2016, taking part in the Nordic Baltic Legacy tour.  He particularly enjoys exploring new and up-and-coming repertoire, engaging in new music projects and recordings.  Nate can be heard on the Expanding Spaces CD released by Boston University and also on Trevor Kowalski’s Mountain Down track.  



Sarajevska filharmonija 2016

Sarajevska filharmonija 2016


In the School

In the School



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