Nathan Cummins

Composer, Orchestrator,
Conductor, and Performer

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Nathan Cummins is a composer, orchestrator, conductor, and performer, based in Adelaide, South Australia, specialising in video games and film. He is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in Sonic Arts and Music Composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and has had original works performed by ensembles including the Australian String Quartet, the Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and the Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra. Previously, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours, studying under Graeme Koehne, John Polglaise, and Charles Bodman Rae. He has a particular interest in orchestration, including digital orchestration, and has received awards recognising excellence in this area.

Nathan is an active member of the Adelaide music scene and is amongst Adelaide's leading directors, arrangers, and organisers for concerts involving music related to video games. As a player of many different instruments, he has instrumental residencies in ensembles of various genres and has appeared as a session musician on many studio recordings. He is also the Artistic Director of the Woodville Concert Band.

Nathan is currently composing music spanning many genres, from Jazz and Big Band, to Electronic and Classical, for a number of creators around Australia, including film directors, dance choreographers, game designers, studio producers, composers, and lyricists. He is always keen to be involved in new projects, whether composing, orchestrating, conducting, recording, or performing.

Recent Projects

Composer and Sound Designer
Frontier Quest
Down To Earth
Brass Arrangement (Junkle), Orchestration (Circus)
Music Transcription and Preparation
Submerged: Hidden Depths


Select a work to listen

Commissioned Works (Wind Ensemble)
Centenary Fanfare
String Quartet
String Quartet No. 1
A Cappella Vocal Ensemble
Odi et Amo
Dance music (orchestral)
Norma (Extended Version)
Film Music (Jazz Quartet)
Von Beer O'Clock: Murder Illusionist

Selected Achievements


Frontier Quest (2021)
Composer and Sound Designer
Developed by Stellar Advent
TOHU (2021)
Brass Arrangement (Junkle), Orchestration (Circus)
Composed by Christopher Larkin
Submerged: Hidden Depths (2020)
Music Transcription and Preparation
Composed by Jeff van Dyck
Down to Earth (2020)
Directed by Nick Crowhurst
Awoken (2019)
Principal Orchestrator
Composed by Christopher Larkin, Directed by Daniel J. Phillips
Barbecue (2017)
Additional Orchestration
Composed by Christopher Larkin, Directed by Matthew Salleh
Ella (2013)
Directed by Jess Cahill
Winner of the NASA Humans In Space Art Challenge, viewed in the International Space Station


South Australian Screen Awards
Nomination for Best Composer with Ella (2013)
Elder Conservatorium of Music Director's Award
Excellence in orchestration and active community involvement with the Woodville Concert Band (2014)
Governor of South Australia
Special Interest Music Centre Award - awarded by His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce (2011)
Young Composers Awards
Multiple awards in various categories ranging from first to second place (Australian Society of Music Educators 2010-2014)
ASME National Representative
South Australian Young Composer Representative in the Australian Society of Music Educators Bi-annual National Conference (2011)

Notable Performances and Involvements

Australian String Quartet
String Quartet No. 1 at the Young Composers Forum (2012)
Music With Motion
Music With Motion, performed by the Woodville Concert Band is a performance for the Adelaide Fringe Festival directed and conducted by Nathan, complete with his own entirely original arrangements
Elder Conservatorium Wind Orchestra
Centenary Fanfare - a commissioned work for the Woodville High School Wind Ensemble (2015)
Aimee Brown
Norma with choreographer Aimee Brown (2013)
Gold Coast Philharmonic Orchestra
Allegro Animato (2011)

Ensemble Residencies

Woodville Concert Band
Artistic Director/Conductor
Adelaide Big Band
Trumpet and Flugelhorn
The Bigfoot Collective
The Megatonix
Trumpet and Flugelhorn

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Film and Games

Music for video games or films.


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Concert Music

Concert and art music for orchestra, concert band, string quartet, vocal chorus, piano, big band and jazz, chamber ensemble, or anything else.


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Typesetting and Engraving Musical and Non-musical Manuscripts

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Professional and responsive websites including hosting

Custom software for you or your business

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