“A violinist clearly poised for a substantial career” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Nicolas Kendall is increasingly recognized for the combination of technique and passion he brings to his performances. A year 2000 winner of Astral Artistic Services’ National Auditions, he joined Astral’s roster that year. Astral featured him on its “Rising Stars” series at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and presented his acclaimed Philadelphia recital debut. He has also appeared as a member of the Astral Trio at both the Los Angeles Chamber Music Festival and in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. In 2002, Nick won First Prize at the Young Concerts Artists (YCA) International Auditions, which led to a New York recital debut at the 92nd Street Y, as well as an appearance as part of YCA’s concert series in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. A native of Washington, D.C., Nick first came to attention in 1995 (at age 17) when he won the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition. Just one year later he was a featured guest soloist with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Nick Kendall is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, and recitalist. He has appeared on the premier stages of Chicago, San Francisco, Cleveland, New York, and Tokyo, and in performances with the Flagstaff, San Juan, Haddonfield, and Mansfield symphonies, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the Cincinnati and Metamorphosen chamber orchestras. He was recently heard in performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto with the Wichita and Asheville symphonies, and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the San Diego Symphony. He performed John Corigliano’s Red Violin Suite with the Anchorage Symphony and Kenji Bunch’s Fantasy with the Westchester Philharmonic at New York’s Alice Tully Hall. He has given recitals in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and in Pittsburgh, Springfield (Ohio), Jacksonville, and Bethesda, among others. Recently, pianist Ruth Laredo invited him to perform with her on her concert series at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida.
Nick’s passion for bringing together music of all styles and genres prompted him to create string trio Time for Three, hailed by Sir Simon Rattle as “monsters of ability and technique, conveyors of an infectious joy.” Time for Three tours the U.S. performing repertoire that incorporates bluegrass, Hungarian gypsy, jazz, country-western, classical, and improvisatory music. The trio has performed over 200 engagements in venues as diverse as its music, appearing as featured guest soloists with The Philadelphia Orchestra, opening for They Might Be Giants at Philadelphia’s Penn’s Landing, and at Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang Camp’s “Fandango XIV.” Nick Kendall is also co-founder of the Dryden String Quartet and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra. Other chamber music appearances include numerous concerts at the Encore Summer and Marlboro Music festivals. He has also participated in Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Chamber Music Seminar.
Nick Kendall participates in numerous outreach activities nationwide, and conducts popular master classes and workshops. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where he studied with Victor Danchenko, he is a recipient of a 2005 Career Advancement Award from the Musical Fund Society. He also received a fellowship from the Independence Foundation and a grant in support of his musical career from the Presser Foundation.
Nick has been on Musicopia’s roster since 2003, along with Time for Three members Zachary DePue and Ranaan Myer. Time for Three performs The Three Fiddlers assembly program and conducts master classes and workshops for string students.