NICHOLAS ON VIOLIN

Dubbed a "music phenomenon," Nicholas Brady is an aspiring young violinist. He studies with Michael Ludwig and serves as Concertmaster of the Baroque Ensemble under the direction of Aaron Picht at the Center of Gifted Young Musicians at Temple University.

At four years old, Nicholas debuted at the Carmel Bach Festival, where he was the youngest performer in its 77-year old history. He also joined Youth Music of Monterey County Orchestra and won its concerto competition. Since then, he has soloed with several orchestras (Monterey Pops, Bucks County, and Ambler) and won a numerous competitions, including several on piano (Crescendo, Vivace, Jeanne Phillips, Elmer and Louis Menges and Young Virtuosos of Tomorrow). He has performed at Kimmel Center and Carnegie Hall.

As a recent highlight, Nicholas performed with the Honors Orchestra of his alma mater under the baton of distinguished conductor Farkhad Khudyev. Lyn Bronson of the Peninsula Reviews wrote:

Nicholas kept us enthralled as he gave us a performance full of energy and passion, while displaying a remarkably masterful technique for someone as young as eight years old. From a small half-size violin Nicholas managed to get enough rich and powerful tone to hold his own against an orchestra of over 40 players. Accolades and a standing ovation brought several bouquets to the stage (almost more than he could handle) ….