Nathaniel Shapiro currently serves as the principal second violin of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Nathaniel began playing the violin at the age of five. He learned from his mother and later continued his studies under the tutelage of Fabrizio Von Arx and Sergei Ostrovksy. During his learning years, Nathaniel was awarded a first prize in solo performance at the Concours Suisse de la Jeunesse Musicale in 2005, in 2009 he also was awarded at the same competition a regional first prize and a national third prize in chamber music as a member of the Quatuor “Sous-Sol”. Recently, Nathaniel completed his Doctor of Music (DM) degree in violin performance working as Associate Instructor under the extensive tutelage of professor Kevork Mardirossian. A recipient of the Shirley Givens Memorial Fellowship, Nathaniel has been a regular guest artist in the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico since 2019 where he has given masterclasses and performed as a chamber and orchestral musician. An avid chamber musician, Nathaniel is also a member of the Cercis String Quartet as well as the Shapiro-Cavanaugh Duo.