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Nicolas Perkins



Instrument: Viola



The Juilliard School





Mexican-American violist Nicolas Perkins is a graduate of the Juilliard School and is currently studying under the tutelage of Ettore Causa at the Yale School of Music for his master’s degree. In recent years, Nicolas has been an active participant in esteemed festivals such as the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, Gstaad Menuhin String Academy, the Perlman Music Program, Taos School of Music, Kneisel Hall Young Artists Program, and Juilliard's ChamberFest.


He participated in “Taos on Tour'' with his colleagues to do outreach and engagement for the community. Nicolas has played as substitute violist with the Cassatt Quartet at Bargemusic premiering Allen Shawn’s piano quintet. Nicolas has performed in the “Juilliard Now'' concert series at Lincoln Center and the Chelsea Factory. His playing has been particularly influenced in masterclasses from viola luminaries including Tabea Zimmermann, Nobuko Imai, Antoine Tamestit, Misha Amory, and Paul Coletti. As a passionate chamber musician, he has received instruction from members of the Brentano, Juilliard, Borromeo, Cavani, Cooperstown, Shanghai, and Hagen String Quartets. He has collaborated with artists like Merry Peckham, Nina Lee, Molly Carr, Rainer Schmidt, and the Cassatt Quartet.


Nicolas is honored to be a Virtu Foundation Scholar and has been awarded a Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert viola on generous loan. He is deeply grateful for the guidance of his past teachers, Hsin-Yun Huang and Mai Motobuchi. Outside of music, Nicolas enjoys cooking, trying out new coffee shops, and playing cards with friends.

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