Viola Fellow Hannah Nicholas explores how Improvisation is shaped by the audience, featuring improvised transitional music between pieces.
Join the Fellows for an intimate glimpse into their craft with these behind-the-scenes presentations on topics ranging from music appreciation to the historic contexts of composers and more. Audience members are encouraged to participate by asking questions and taking part in post-presentation discussions.
Hannah Nicholas, viola
Third-year Viola Fellow Hannah Rose Nicholas is dedicated to music as a means for building relationships with other cultures. She has collaborated with musicians from Iran, Afghanistan and Japan, and recently completed a residency in Persian and Eastern music traditions at the Banff Centre in Canada. She has performed with the San Francisco Symphony and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, where she was the soloist in Tod Machover's Song of Penance for hyperviola, electronics and orchestra.
Ms. Nicholas plays and sings in a trio, The alt Default, performing original and crossover compositions. She also plays with her sister, violinist Charlotte Nicholas. They won the chamber music prize at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France, and have together performed a composition-improvisation written by Ms. Hannah Nicholas.
Last spring, Ms. Nicholas collaborated with composer Saha Aminikia on the premiere of Ow'dat (Homeland) for viola, clarinet, piano and narration. The piece is inspired by Israeli and Palestinian poetry. She previously premiered Aminikia's Shetaban, both as a solo as well as alongside percussionist Ziya Tabassian.
Ms. Nicholas earned a bachelor of arts degree in modern middle eastern studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her master’s in music at New England Conservatory as a student of Kim Kashkashian.