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 Flor