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Caroline Nicolas, cello

Selected as an English Concert American Fellow in 2015

Canadian-born cellist and gambist Caroline Nicolas has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia with such eminent musicians as Monica Huggett, Andrea Marcon, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan, and Robert Mealy. As winner of Juilliard’s Historical Performance concerto competition, she made her solo debut in Alice Tully Hall, New York City. Ensembles she has worked with include Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Mercury Baroque Orchestra, Ars Lyrica, Juilliard Baroque, Kammerorchester Basel and Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein. Her performances have been broadcast on KUHF in Texas, WDIY in Pennsylvania, and CCTV in China.

Nicolas grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was first introduced to the cello by her mother, an elementary school music teacher. At the age of fifteen she made her orchestral debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. She studied with Phoebe Carrai at The Juilliard School and Christophe Coin and Paolo Pandolfo at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Nicolas and her husband, lutenist Kevin Payne, currently work and study in Basel, Switzerland.