Hartt Composers' Seminar Welcomes Cimbalom Artist Nicholas Tolle

April 18, 2022
Submitted By: Gilda Lyons

Hartt Composition welcomes cimbalom artist Nicholas Tolle to Composers' Seminar this Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. in Bliss, Fuller Music Center for a workshop/reading session on new works for cimbalom written by Hartt composers Rj Dion, Chase Jordan, Adam Kale, Nathan Scalise, and Wen Wen Van Der Wende.

Nicholas Tolle is one of America's premiere cimbalom artists. In 2019 he won 3rd prize in the Budapest Music Center International Cimbalom Competition. He has performed as soloist in Pierre Boulez’ Repons with the composer conducting at the Lucerne Festival in 2009, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal with Péter Eötvös in 2012, and with Steven Schick at UC San Diego in 2017. Based in Boston, MA, he plays regularly with such groups as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Emmanuel Music, and Sound Icon, and with his own group, the Ludovico Ensemble. He has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, New York Philharmonic, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and Ensemble Signal. He is featured performing Boulez’s Repons in the EuroArts documentary Inheriting the Future of Music: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy, and in Kurtág's music for cimbalom and voice on soprano Susan Narucki's 2019 album The Edge of Silence, which was nominated for a 2020 Grammy award. His recording of Kurtág’s Seven Songs from The Edge of Silence was named one of the best classical tracks of 2019 by the New York Times.

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This session is free and open to all members of the University of Hartford and Hartt School communities. Space is limited; those new to Composers’ Seminar are invited to email Gilda Lyons ( directly about arranging a seat at this event. 

Masks are required of those attending as audience members; presenters may elect to present without masks.