Caroline Nicolas, cello

Selected as an English Concert American Fellow in 2015

Canadian-born baroque cellist Caroline Nicolas has performed in North America, Europe, and Asia with such eminent musicians as Monica Huggett, 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. She has worked with the Grammy-nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica and Da Camera of Houston. 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 subsequently enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of Music on full scholarship as a student of a Richard Aaron. She is a graduate of Juilliard’s Historical Performance program, where she studied baroque cello as a student of Phoebe Carrai. She also studies viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham. Nicolas and her husband, lutenist Kevin Payne, currently work and study in Basel, Switzerland.