Nicholas Brady (8) is Concertmaster of the Baroque Ensemble, directed by Aaron Picht at the Center of Gifted Young Musicians at Temple University. Nicholas studies violin with Michael Ludwig. Previously he had studied violin with Irina Schuck, Victor Danchenko, Farkhad Khudyev, and Stephanie Brown.

In 2013 Nicholas debuted at the Carmel Bach Festival at four years old, where he was the youngest performer in its 77 year-old history. He also joined Youth Music of Monterey County Orchestra and was its youngest member in its history and went on to win the YMMC youth solo competition. In 2014 Nicholas performed as soloist the First and Third Movements of Bach's A Minor Concerto with YMMC and Monterey Pops orchestras, respectively.

In 2015 Nicholas won first place--on both violin and piano--at the Crescendo International Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall. In 2016 he won the Children's Division of Vivace Competition in Malvern, PA and won prizes at the Jeanne Phillips Youth Competition and Elmer and Louis Menges Scholarship Competitions. He also played with Bucks County Symphony and Ambler Symphony Orchestras, where he was the youngest soloist in their histories. In 2017 Nicholas won first place platinum on violin and was a gold finalist on piano at the Young Virtuosos of Tomorrow Competition and performed at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia. He will perform with the Honors Orchestra of YMMC in November 2017 and with the Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra in January 2018. He is also due to appear in a film by John Harris titled "Mystery of Dreams."

Upcoming Performances:

  • Sunday, November 12, Honors Orchestra of Youth Music Monterey County, Sunset Center, Carmel, CA
  • Friday, January 26, Laredo Philharmonic Orchestra, Laredo, TX