Hannah Rose Nicholas

Hannah Rose Nicholas has been a soloist at the Lucerne Festival Academy, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, TriCounty Emerging Artist Series, and the New World Symphony, where she was praised for her “rich tonal sonority” (South Florida Classical Review). She has performed her own songs and compositions alongside musicians from Miami, Philadelphia, Lebanon, NYC, Montreal, and more. Her vocals and viola can be heard on her debut original, “Wanderers,” and her upcoming release “Home” (June 2019), with guest guitarist Josh Nussbaum.

Hannah has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, New World Symphony (Co-Principal), and Central City Opera Orchestra (Principal). She is the Principal Viola of the Pennsylvania Ballet, and also plays with Philadelphia new music ensemble Orchestra 2001.

Recent highlights include touring with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra, concerts of Arabic and Sephardic music with violinist Layale Chaker, a reunion with The alt Default (Hannah, Nathaniel Wolkstein; David Connor), and recitals with pianist Ben Laude.

From 2015-18, Hannah curated concerts for the O, Miami Poetry Festival, working alongside composers, visual artists, and poets on brand new pieces, including Sahba Aminikia, Abby Swidler, Layale Chaker, Ljova, Kevork Mourad, Loren Moore, Roseminna Watson, Mario Ariza, Shawn Crouch, Borey Shin, Daniel Pencer, and Annik Adey-Babinski.

Hannah studied viola with Kim Kashkashian, Paul Hersh, Jonathan Vinocour, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra who continue to be her mentors. She earned a Masters in Music from New England Conservatory, an Artist Certificate from San Francisco Conservatory, and a Bachelors of Arts in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (Magna Cum Laude).


Samuel Kelder

Described as “dynamic and committed” by the Boston Globe, violist Sam Kelder performs regularly in New England with ensembles A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Guerilla Opera, Callithumpian Consort, Sound Icon, and various regional symphony orchestras including Cape Cod Symphony, Cape cod chamber orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Phoenix Orchestra Reborn, and the New Bedford Symphony. Kelder is core violist of the Boston based string trio Sound Energy, an ensemble dedicated to searching for ways to push the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold and daring voices of 20th- and 21st-century composers.

In addition to local projects, Kelder has performed as the featured artist at Third Practice Electroacoustic Festival, as soloist at New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and as guest artist with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway.

Sam has had the great fortune to work with many prominent living composers such as Hans Abrahamsen, Derek Bermel, William Bolcom, Anthony Cheung, Chaya Czernowin, Zosha Di Castri, Péter Eötvös, Michael Finnissy, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, John Harbison, Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Nico Muhly, Olga Neuwirth, Krzysztof Penderecki, Matthius Pintscher, Roger Reynolds, Joan Tower, and Eric Wubbles.

His studies yield a B.M. from the University of Houston, M.M. from Mannes the New School for Music, and graduated May 2017 from doctoral studies at Boston University as teaching assistant to Michelle LaCourse. Other major teachers and influences include Wayne Brooks, Karen Dreyfus, Kyung Sun Lee, Laurie Smukler, and Bayla Keyes.

Sam can be heard on Not Art Records, and is an artist member of Music for Food, a musician-led initiative to fight hunger in our home communities