Welcome to the website of Michael Nicolas, cellist of Brooklyn Rider, Ensemble Ditto, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Michael leaves for Korea tonight to play at Dittofest, in Seoul, as well as other concerts across the peninsula with Ensemble Ditto. Pieces to be played include the Bach 2nd and 6th Cello Suites, the Mendelssohn c minor piano trio, George Crumb’s Vox Balaenae, and Bach’s Goldberg Variations, arranged for string trio by Dmitry Sitkovetsky. More information, though in Korean only, can be found at www.dittofest.com.
Michael is excited to begin teaching at the University of Connecticut-Storrs this upcoming fall. Prospective students are urged to inquire at www.music.uconn.edu.