Nicolas Perkins



Instrument: Viola



New England Conservatory





Nicolas Perkins started his viola studies at the age of eleven in his hometown of Long Beach, California. He continued his music education at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, in the heart of Los Angeles, where he studied with Gina Coletti. Nicolas currently studies at the New England Conservatory with Mai Motobuchi, violist of the Borromeo String Quartet. 


Recently, he has attended the Aspen Music Festival where he played in the section and as an assistant principal to the Aspen Philharmonic, Festival and Conducting Academy Orchestras. He was also selected to share the stage with artists Timothy Ridout, Matthew Lipman, Jory Vinikour, Fabiola Kim, Chad Hoopes, Paul Huang, Blake Pouliot, Angelo Xiang Yu, Nadine Asin, Elaine Douvas, and Tamás Pálfalvi to perform two concert cycles of the Brandenburg Concerti at the Harris Concert Hall. Nicolas has also performed in other prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Jordan Hall, Segerstrom Hall, and Zipper Hall. 


As a 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 had the opportunity to solo with the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra. He received 1st prize in the American Protege Competition and was a top prize winner in the regional ASTA-LA Finals Strings Competition. He has played in masterclasses for Paul Coletti, Karen Dreyfus, Scott St. John, Bing Wang, and Svend Ronning. He has had additional viola instruction from Jeffrey Irvine and Choong-Jin Chang and chamber instruction from Kristopher Tong, Carol Ou, Rina Dokshitsky, Maia Jasper White, and Tina Qu. Nicolas also served as a strings coach in the Long Beach chapter of the Harmony Project, helping underprivileged youth learn to play string instruments at no cost.


Nicolas plays a “Joseph Grubaugh & Sigrun Seifert” viola that is on generous loan from the Virtu Foundation.  

Hear him play 

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