Cellist Nicholas Gold has been the winner of many diverse competitions and awards throughout the United States. The classical Voice of New England describes his playing as “…precise and assured, seeming impeccable… He’s clearly a musician to watch.” Nicholas has also been a national finalist in the prestigious Music Teachers National Association and the American String Teacher’s Association’s solo string competitions. Nicholas has excelled as a soloist and has been heard from coast to coast. Recent engagements have included solo concerts at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Merrimack Hall, Birmingham Museum of Art, Smith College, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Colorado’s Convention Center, Stanford University and the Frist Museum. Past concerto engagements have included concerts with the University of Massachusetts Orchestra, Huntsville Symphony and Nexus Chamber Orchestra performing works of Saint-Saens, Vivaldi, Haydn D and Faure. He has performed successful solo collaborations with James Buswell and Ellen DePasquale with the Blossom Chamber Orchestra, performances of the Schubert Cello Quintet the Lark String Quartet in Washington D.C and as a guest with the award winning Erocia Piano Trio. This past season he has been featured playing solo broadcasts on Nashville WPLN’s “Live from studio C” as well as performing on various national television specials and awards shows.
He has performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, Harrisburg Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Orchestra Kentucky, Plymouth Philharmonic and Huntsville Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony. As much as an active player, Nicholas has a passion for teaching. He has been on the faculty of the Springfield Community Music School and the Northampton Community Music Center. Nicholas has also taught cello and coached chamber and orchestral music at Amherst College. In 2010-2011 he served on the faculty as the Adjunct Cello Professor at Austin Peay State University where he provided individual instruction on the cello and chamber music for undergraduate and graduate music majors. Currently he maintains a small and selective teaching studio in Nashville TN.
Nicholas moved to Nashville in 2010 after auditioning and being invited to work with the Nashville String Machine, a classically trained group of the countries top session musicians. While he stays busy and routed within the classical community of the Southeast US, he has been in demand as regular session player in Nashville. A few of his commercial clients have included: Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins, Trisha Yearwood, Shanina Twain, Brooks and Dunn, Bill and Gloria Gaither, Big Kenny, The Gaither Homecoming Band, David Archuleta, Orla Fallon, Steven Curtis Chapman, Disney, Michael W Smith, Richard Marx, and recording soundtracks for numerous Sony Playstation games. He is also a core member of the Nexus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Kentucky, Chattanooga Symphony and a regular alternate cellist for Nashville, Harrisburg and Alabama symphonies.