Born in upstate New York to a musical family, Nathaniel Wood discovered his passion for ancient music during his studies with James DeSano at the Oberlin Conservatory. He went on to earn Masters’ degrees in historical performance practice at Case-Western Reserve University and as a Fulbright/Ratner Scholar at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, studying respectively with Greg Ingles and Charles Toet.
A multifaceted performer on trombones and slide trumpets of all eras and sizes, he is a founding member of the Renaissance wind band Mandragora and the chamber ensemble Habsburger Camerata, and appears regularly across Europe with ensembles including Concerto Palatino, Les Haulz et les Bas, Concerto Scirocco, La Chapelle Rhénane, Chordae Freybergensis, Cantar Lontano, L’Arpa Festante, Il Desiderio, and Mediva. He is a former member of the Washington (DC) Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, which he has also directed. Tangent to his performance practice interests, he is also a maker and restorer of historical brass instruments, and recently completed a replica of a Viennese tenor trombone by Hanns Geyer, Vienna, 1676.
Since March 2012, he has been teacher of low brass at the Jugendmusikschule Hochschwarzwald.