Lauded as a “first rate” violinist by Maestro Lorin Maazel, Nicholas Pappone makes a diverse career as soloist, chamber musician, sought-after orchestral player, and teacher in New York City. Growing up as a professional child actor in Los Angeles, performing the role of a prodigy violinist in a film inspired his interest in the instrument. Nicholas has performed with members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Emerson String Quartet, the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Piano Trio, and the Zukerman Chamber Players. This includes collaborations with violists Paul Neubauer, Paul Coletti, Jethro Marks, and the cellist Paul Watkins. Nicholas has appeared as soloist with the Marina del Rey-Westchester Symphony, the Pacific Palisades Symphony, New York Session Symphony, and the New Westchester Symphony. He also appeared with the Cleveland Orchestra as violinist and actor on the Musically Speaking Series in a unique collaboration with actor John De Lancie. Highlights of recent seasons include appearances at the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, the Boulder International Duo Competition, Rutgers University, WMP Concert Hall’s Strad for Lunch, Teatro Principal in Burgos, Spain, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, as well as the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Heliconian Hall in Toronto, Canada.
The 2019-2020 season features concerts with the Chelsea Symphony playing Bernstein’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, and recital and chamber music appearances at the Islip Arts Council, Rutgers University, Bar Harbor Chamber Music Festival, and Holy Trinity Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. Nicholas is Principal Second violin of Amit Peled’s Mount Vernon Virtuosi, and a member of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra. He served as Principal Second Violin of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in Alabama from 2016-2018. In the summers, Nicholas is violin and chamber music faculty at the International Academy of Music in Tuscany, Italy and the Burgos International Music Festival in Spain.
Nicholas graduated Manhattan School of Music in the studio of Patinka Kopec and Pinchas Zukerman. Other influential mentors include Rodney Friend, Lucie Robert, and Grigory Kalinovksy. Nicholas has performed in masterclasses for violinists Itzhak Perlman, Ivry Gitlis, and Vadim Gluzman.