Praised for her “eloquent artistry and rich, vibrant sound” (Gainesville Times), Canadian cellist and gambist Caroline Nicolas enjoys an active career as a soloist, chamber and ensemble musician, teacher and lecturer. She specializes in performing music from the Renaissance to the 19th century, and has appeared around North America, Europe and Asia with such eminent musicians as Monica Huggett, Andrea Marcon, Amandine Beyer, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, and Rachel Podger.
Awards include having been selected as a fellow of The English Concert in America, an award given to young musicians “who appear likely to make significant contributions to the field of early music.” As the winner of The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance concerto competition, she made her solo debut in Alice Tully Hall, New York City. Ensembles she has worked with include Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica, Juilliard Baroque, Kammerorchester Basel and Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. Festival appearances include the Boston Early Music Festival, Bach Festival Leipzig and Styriarte Festival in Austria. Her performances have been broadcast on KUHF in Texas, WDIY in Pennsylvania, and CCTV in China.
Caroline grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was first introduced to the cello by her mother, an elementary school music teacher. After falling in love with the world of historical instruments, she studied with Phoebe Carrai at The Juilliard School and Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. She recently moved to Seattle, and will be making appearances with Pacific MusicWorks, Victoria Baroque and Byron Schenkman & Friends. She looks forward to exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
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