Nate Pultorak, a musician and composer from the Chicago area, has been playing the hammered dulcimer since 2006. He quickly picked up on this complex instrument and finally had one of his own in August 2007. He enjoys playing for events at his school and is a member of music ministry for his church. In April 2012, he he was invited to perform at the Rising Star Showcase sponsored by the Friends of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in Chicago Heights, IL where he was noted for his original compositions and ability on this unique instrument.
2012 was a successful year for competitions for Nate. He went to the State Hammered Dulcimer Competition at the Kentucky Music Weekend in Louisville, Kentucky and became Grand Champion. At that same event his song “The Wandering” won Best Original Dulcimer Tune. As a part of winning that competition, he gained free admission to the National Hammered Dulcimer Competition in Winfield, Kansas, where he competed with many talented musicians, placing second nationally. Nate is the 2013 Mid-East Regional Hammered Dulcimer Champion and hopes to return to Winfield this year.
Nate has released three solo albums. His first recording, "The Rising Son," released in June 2011, contains an eclectic mixture of original songs and folk tunes that range from melancholy and lyrical to joyful and spirited. His second album, "Merry Christmas: A Hammered Dulcimer Nativity," released in November 2011, contains original arrangements of numerous Christmas songs, incorporating nontraditional techniques like using 3 hammers in 2 hands and plucking. Released in June 2012, Nate's third album, "The Wandering," uses many of the techniques that he began experimenting with on his Christmas album and includes several new original pieces.
Nate's goal is to remain humble and use his talent for God's glory. He plays whenever he gets the chance for church and school masses. He incorporates Christian music into each of his albums and has authored a few Christian songs including "The Rising Son." Nate explains that this is an Easter song which describes the Son of God rising from the dead.