Nicholas Tolle has recently performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In 2012 he was a soloist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal performing Pierre Boulez’ Repons, which he also performed with the composer conducting at the Lucerne Festival in 2009. He has appeared as a soloist with Collage New Music, performing Steve Mackey’s 5 Animated Shorts, and with numerous orchestras performing Kodály’s Háry János Suite. Based in Boston, MA, locally he can be seen regularly with such groups as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Callithumpian Consort, and Sound Icon. He is also a frequent collaborator with Ensemble Signal. He is the founder and artistic director of the Ludovico Ensemble, which specializes in the performance of contemporary European chamber music. He is also the founder and sole proprietor of Boston Percussion Rentals, New England’s largest percussion rental company.
Originally a percussionist, he began learning cimbalom in 2008 after being inspired by the music of György Kurtág. He is deeply committed to expanding the repertoire for cimbalom and has commissioned numerous solo and chamber works for the instrument. Nicholas was a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2006 and 2007 and spent seven summers in residency at the Lucerne Festival Academy. He attended the Boston, Amsterdam, and New England conservatories. Nicholas’ performance of Repons is featured in the Euroarts documentary Inheriting the Future of Music: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy.
Nicholas plays on a Všiansky light model cimbalom, the first instrument of its kind to be imported to the United States. He also owns two classic Bohak cimbaloms.