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Welcome to the website of Michael Nicolas, cellist of Brooklyn Rider, Ensemble Ditto, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).


Michael in the New York Times

Michael was featured in a New York Times article about the changing personnel of two of New York’s premiere quartets: the JACK quartet, and his own Brooklyn Rider. Read the article here.

Michael’s debut CD available for pre-order!

Michael’s first solo album, Transitions, comes out on May 27th. Be sure to pre-order your copy from Amazon here.

Michael joins Brooklyn Rider!

Michael is thrilled to announce that he will join the Brooklyn Rider string quartet in its first personnel change in its 10-year history. Michael will be replacing founding cellist Eric Jacobsen, who is stepping down to concentrate on his conducting career. This represents a bold new direction in Michael’s career, and he is beyond excited to explore the rich and diverse repertoire of the string quartet literature with his inspiring new colleagues. See the news on their website here.

ICE in the Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune reviewed this past weekend’s ICE concert of the music of Anna Thorvaldsdottir, calling it a “beguiling, gratifying evening of music”. Read the review here.

ICE in the Boston Globe

A rave review in the Boston Globe of the ICE concert at Harvard University cited Michael’s “outstanding proficiency” performing Mario Davidovsky’s Synchronisms No. 3, among others. The full article can be read here.

Review of Bargemusic Concert

The New York Classical Review had very nice things to say about last night’s “deep and fulfilling” program at Bargemusic. Read the article here.

Miller Pop-Up Concert Cancelled due to Juno

Due to the inclement weather in NYC, tonight’s concert at Miller Theatre is cancelled. We are looking for possible dates to re-schedule. Will update with more information. Stay warm!

NY Times Review of Here and Now Festival

Anthony Tommasini reviewed Michael’s performance of Annie Gosfield’s Burn Again With a Low Blue Flame in the New York Times today. The concert was part of the Here and Now festival at Bargemusic. Michael will be performing the piece again in his upcoming solo show in Chicago, at Constellation.

The review can be found here.

ICE in the New York Times

Michael was cited in the New York Times today, in a review of last night’s “ethereal” ICE concert at the Park Avenue Armory. Read the review here.

Michael’s next destination is South Korea, for Ensemble Ditto’s 2014 Encore Tour.

Back home for the holiday

Michael is back home after several weeks on the road, including concerts in Chicago, San Diego, and England. He had a nice review from his Chicago performance here, and performances in San Diego and Huddersfield, England were also well-received. This week’s Thanksgiving plans include dinner with his sister, who is roasting a giant turkey.

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