Violist Hannah Rose Nicholas has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Central City Opera (Principal), New World Symphony (Co-Principal), and the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was recently appointed Principal Viola of the Pennsylvania Ballet. She also writes and performs her own music, and recently released two singles, “Wanderers” and “Home,” with guest guitarist and singer Josh Nussbaum.
Hannah has been a soloist at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Lucerne Festival Academy, on the TriCounty Emerging Artist series, and at the New World Symphony, where she was praised for her "rich tonal sonority" (South Florida Classical Review). Principal viola highlights include Strauss' Don Quixote with cellist John Sharp and the New World Symphony, Giselle with the PA Ballet, and on tour with NWS and soloist Anne Sophie Mutter in NYC and D.C. 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 performance highlights include touring with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Festival de Febrero in Mexico with members of the Manhattan Chamber Players, and performances with her duo, Shizuka, with Sam Kelder. Shizuka has been a guest ensemble at Tufts University, Berklee College of Music, and Boston University. Hannah is also a member of The alt Default (Hannah; Nathaniel Wolkstein; David Connor), winner of the Knight Arts Challenge South Florida (2015) for their songwriting residency with middle-school students.
From 2015-18, Hannah was a featured artist with the O, Miami Poetry Festival, curating and performing multimedia concerts at Nina Johnson contemporary art gallery and The New Tropic. Her shows led to ongoing musical collaborations with composers Sahba Aminikia, Layale Chaker, Abby Swidler, and Ljova. Hannah’s own folk melodies have been performed at the James Turrell Skyspace at Rice University, the Archway Gallery in Houston (Art of Cultural Intersection in Music series 2016), and the University of Texas El Paso (Perspectives in Counterpoint residency 2018).
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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