A Philadelphia native, violist Hannah Rose Nicholas has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Central City Opera Orchestra (Principal), New World Symphony (Co-Principal, 2014-17), and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She is the Principal Violist of the Pennsylvania Ballet and a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra.
Hannah has given solo viola performances at the Kennedy Center, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and the New World Symphony, where she was praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). Principal viola highlights with NWS include Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist John Sharp, and on tour with soloist Anne Sophie Mutter. The New York Classical Review wrote of the Carnegie Hall performance: “Violist Hannah Nicholas’s solo line that elided off the end of one of Mutter’s phrases was exceptional.”
Recent chamber music highlights include performances with members of the Manhattan Chamber Players, with composer and violist Lev Zhurbin at Lincoln Center, with her viola duo, Shizuka (Sam Kelder & Hannah) in NY and Boston, and with the Barnes Ensemble and members of JACK Quartet in Philadelphia. For 3 seasons, Hannah was a featured artist with the O, Miami Poetry Festival, putting on multimedia concerts with poets and visual artists. Her performances led to ongoing projects with musicians Sahba Aminikia, Layale Chaker, Abby Swidler, and Ljova.
Hannah’s own folk-inspired compositions have been performed at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, the Archway Gallery in Houston for the Art of Cultural Intersection in Music series (2016), and the University of Texas El Paso Perspectives in Counterpoint residency (2018). Her band released an EP in 2017 (The alt Default EP), and Hannah released her debut single in the fall of 2018, Wanderers, with Philadelphia guitarist and composer Josh Nussbaum.
Hannah earned a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, studying with Kim Kashkashian, and an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from San Francisco Conservatory, studying with Paul Hersh and Jonathan Vinocour. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (Magna Cum Laude), where she currently is an instructor of songwriting and viola in the College House Music Program.
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