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Former Associate Principal Cellist of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Ensemble Ditto, and one of the most exciting artists of his generation, cellist Michael Nicolas is based in New York City.


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.

Off to Korea for Dittofest!

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 joins UConn Music Faculty

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.

Sofia Gubaidulina Concert review

Michael was again in the New York Times this week, where he was cited as offering a “striking performance” of Gubaidulina’s 1989 String Trio, which he performed with fellow “excellent musicians” David Bowlin and Maiya Papach. Read the review here.

New York Times review of Dalbavie’s “Fantaisies”

Michael’s recent performance during the Ralph Kaminsky Memorial Concert at Merkin Hall was reviewed by the New York Times. Read it here.

Conducting Debut

Michael recently conducted five amazing musicians (Tony Arnold, Rolf Schulte, Fred Sherry, Steve Taylor, and Charles Neidich) before a packed crowd in a performance of Elliott Carter’s Tempo e Tempi at the downtown new music venue Le poisson rouge. The New York Times review can be found here.

Schönberg Verklärte Nacht recording

Michael is recording Schoenberg’s seminal piece Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for string sextet in New York over the holidays with five other amazing musicians: Leila Josefowicz and David Chan on violin, Paul Neubauer and Yura Lee on viola, and Fred Sherry on cello. The piece will be released on the Naxos label.

Music of Olga Neuwirth at Miller Theatre

Michael is performing the music of Olga Neuwirth with ICE at Miller Theatre in New York on December 6, 2012, as part of Miller’s Composer Portraits series.

Click here for more details about the event, and here to watch a video preview of this concert.

Chamber Music at the New York Yacht Club

Michael will be playing the Dvorak “American” String Quartet and the Chausson Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet in a concert at the New York Yacht Club on December 2, 2012. He will be performing with Mira Wang, Adam Neiman, Charles Yang, Guillaume Pirard, and Max Mandel. Click here for more details.

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