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Nicolas Perkins



Instrument: Viola



New England Conservatory





Mexican-American violist Nicolas Perkins studies at the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Hsin-Yun Huang. Over the past few summers, he has attended the Heifetz Institute, Virtuoso & Bel Canto Festival, and Aspen Music Festival. While at the Aspen Music Festival, he was an assistant principal pool player and was chosen to play a concert cycle of the Brandenburg Concerti with distinguished artists such as Jory Vinikour, Chad Hoopes, Paul Huang, Angelo Xiang Yu, Timothy Ridout, Nadine Asin, Elaine Douvas, among others. He has performed in masterclasses for Nobuko Imai, Carol Rodland, Bruno Giuranna, James Dunham, Atar Arad, among others. This summer he will attend the Gstaad Menuhin Festival String Academy, where will study under prominent violist Ettore Causa and will perform “Brahms Sextet in B-flat major, Op.18” alongside his colleagues and Rainer Schmidt, violinist of the Hagen Quartet.


As a former member of Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute, he has performed on the KUSC live broadcast from the Bing Theatre at LACMA with his piano quartet. Nicolas has also performed in other prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jordan Hall and Zipper Hall.


He is grateful for his past teachers Gina Coletti, viola faculty member of the Colburn School of Performing Arts, and Mai Motobuchi, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet and viola faculty of New England Conservatory. Nicolas is a Virtu Foundation Scholar, he was awarded a Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert viola that is on generous loan.

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