The New York-based Brooklyn Rider String Quartet has today announced cellist Michael Nicolas as their newest member – the ensemble’s first change of personnel since forming more than 10 years ago.
He will replace cellist Eric Jacobsen – who will now focus on his new role as Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, Michael is a former Associate Principal Cellist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra.
‘Being part of a string quartet is a new frontier for me, and I cannot think of any three artists with whom I’d rather attempt the journey …” Michael has told The Violin Channel.
‘Though leaving the quartet is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever grappled with, it’s made easier knowing that Michael Nicolas will take over … I remember being wowed by him 15 years ago when we were freshmen together at Juilliard, and my respect for him has only grown …’ Eric has said.