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Viola Master Class: Nicholas Cords

February 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Violist Nicholas Cords

For more than two decades, omnivorous violist Nicholas Cords has been on the front line of a growing constellation of projects as performer, educator, and cultural advocate. Nicholas currently serves as violist, Programming Chair, and Co-Artistic Director of the internationally renowned musical collective Silkroad, founded by Yo-Yo Ma.

Another key aspect of Nicholas’ busy musical life is as founding member of Brooklyn Rider, an intrepid group which NPR credits with “recreating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” Recent collaborators include Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Swedish mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman, Persian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, banjo legend Béla Fleck, and Mexican jazz singer Magos Herrera.

A committed teacher, Nicholas is a member of the viola and chamber music faculty at the New England Conservatory.

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Free of charge — open to the public to observe. Space is limited. RSVP to hb@hbms.org.

Master classes are an enlightening experience for students and audiences alike. After months of careful preparation, students perform for and then receive feedback and guidance from a master teacher who challenges the student to think in new and critical ways about the piece they have prepared. The results are inspiring and serve as a catalyst for students to reach new heights in their own musical explorations.


February 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hoff-Barthelson Music School