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).