Violist Hannah Rose Nicholas recently completed her fellowship with the New World Symphony under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. She performed as principal viola on highlighted concerts including Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist John Sharp, and on tour to the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall with soloist Anne Sophie Mutter. The New York Classical Review wrote of the Carnegie performance: “Violist Hannah Nicholas’s solo line that elided off the end of one of Mutter’s phrases was exceptional.” In January 2017, Hannah was appointed Principal Viola of the Central City Opera Orchestra in Colorado. She is also a member of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Barnes Ensemble in Philadelphia.
Hannah was a soloist with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra (2015) and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra (2011) and gave solo performances at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington D.C. and the New World Center in Miami, where she has been praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). She was a featured artist - performer and curator - in the O, Miami Poetry Festival 2016 and 2017 seasons. Her shows incorporated poetry from Lebanon, Pakistan, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Iran, and Hungary, as well as a brand-new poem from Miami poet Mario Alejandro Ariza.
Influenced by the music, visual art, and literature from many cultures, Hannah has premiered and collaborated on pieces that weave together these art forms, including several works by composer Sahba Aminikia: Ow'dat (Return) for viola, bass clarinet, piano, and narration, The Wind Will Blow Us Away for string quartet and video, and The Book of Jackals for chamber ensemble, narration, and video. She has also premiered works by composer-violinist Layale Chaker, and the two will perform folk and contemporary music together as a duo in the 2017-18 season.
Hannah's own compositions and arrangements of Sephardic and folk music have been performed at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University and the Archway Gallery in Houston for the Art of Cultural Intersection in Music series (2016).
As a vocalist and violist, Hannah is a founding member of the indie-rock trio The alt Default, winner of the 2015-16 Knight Arts Challenge South Florida and finalist in the 21CM Emerging Artist Competition (2016). The band is currently working on an album of original songs, studio and acoustic versions. In addition, Hannah is a founding member of the Rose Quartet, formed by alums of the New World Symphony. The group debuted at the Centrum Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival in June, 2017.
Hannah earned a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, studying under Kim Kashkashian, an Artist Certificate in Chamber Music from San Francisco Conservatory, studying under Paul Hersh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where she has been a guest artist-lecturer of music-business and songwriting.