Mission, Richmond, Either
Fiddle, Group Class / Program, Viola, Violin
Classical, Early Music, New Music
Michael Nicholas grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City, when it was a neighborhood teeming with artists, immigrants and eccentrics, full of political and social change. His formative experiences were his years of study with Arnold Steinhardt of the Guarneri Quartet, Eugene Drucker of the Emerson Quartet, Geoffrey Michaels of the Curtis Quartet, and Mary Jane Metcalfe at the Kinhaven Music School in Vermont. Hehad a long association with the formerly homeless maverick conductor Jens Nygaard’s Jupiter Symphony, for which he served as soloist, concertmaster and principal viola.
Over the past two decades, he has taken part in recitals and chamber music on six continents, performances with Mark Morris and Martha Graham dance companies, Musica Sacra and Amor Artis choral ensembles, musical theater at Lincoln Center Theater, new music with Composers, Inc., and chamber music on ships that sailed from the South Pacific to the polar ice cap. Also as a composer, he wrote the score for the award-winning independent film, 3 Backyards. Though not currently an adherent of any particular dogma, he studied Suzuki violin pedagogy for two years with the legendary Louise Behrend, and firmly agrees that an instrument as complex as the violin can be made accessible to anyone when the skills are broken down into simple easy to digest steps and approached one at a time.