Performing Arts: Music; Teaching Artist/Instructor: Guest Speaker for Schools/Classrooms, Multi-Day Artist Residency for Schools/Classrooms, Performer for Schools/Classrooms, Private Lessons for Adults, Private Lessons for Kids, Workshop Presenter for Schools/Classrooms
Nicholas Hatt, native to the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver, Pennsylvania, began playing the violin at the age of seven and quickly developed a unique passion for the instrument. He received his Master of Music degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and his Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. Currently, Nicholas is a doctoral candidate at the College of Music at Florida State University, where he serves as the teaching assistant to Shannon Thomas. His principal teachers and mentors have included Lorinda Troxler, Christie Kecskemethy, Mikylah Myers McTeer, Andrzej Grabiec, Paul Kantor, and Shannon Thomas.
In addition to his private studies, Nicholas has had the opportunity to work with well-known violinists such as Midori Goto, James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Noah Bendix-Balgley, and William Preucil, as well as members of various orchestras across the United States. He has also had the honor of working with renowned violin pedagogues, such as Lucie Robert and Shirley Givens, and has performed for legendary violinist Ida Haendel.
Nicholas has given numerous solo, chamber, and orchestral performances across the United States and Canada, where some of his engagements have included performances at venues such as Heinz Hall, the New World Center, and Françoys-Bernier Hall. As an orchestral musician, he is currently an active section violinist of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Panama City Pops Orchestra, Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Villages Philharmonic, and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. He is also an alumnus of the Eastern Music Festival and one of the orchestral fellows at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival and the Miami Summer Music Festival.
As a chamber musician, Nicholas is a founding member of the ensembles Post Lucernum and Trio Azul. His other chamber performances have included collaborations with Max Mandel and Kenneth Slowik. He is also an alumnus of the Young Artist Program at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as the chamber music and solo programs at Le Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy.
Outside of the concert setting, Nicholas has also been invited to the set of KHOU-11’s Great Day Houston and NBC’s Studio 6 of Miami, Florida, where he was featured as a guest performer.