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), the PA Ballet Orchestra (Principal), and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Hannah has given solo performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, and the New World Center in Miami Beach, where she was praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). Principal viola highlights with the New World Symphony 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.”
In the fall of 2017, Hannah performed as a member of the Barnes Ensemble in Philadelphia, led by the JACK Quartet. Since 2016, she has been a featured individual artist with the O, Miami Poetry Festival, putting on multimedia concerts with poets and visual artists. Ongoing collaborations include projects with violinist-composers Layale Chaker and Abby Swidler (rosemary), as well as violists Sam Kelder (Shizuka) and Deanna Badizadegan.
Hannah is also a singer-songwriter and improviser, whose 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 original lyrics and songs have been featured on The alt Default EP (2017) and on her debut single (2018): “Wanderers,” featuring guitarist 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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