A native of Santa Barbara, California, Nicolas Sterner is a cellist, conductor, and collaborative musical entrepreneur. Nicolas completed his Bachelor of Arts at Wheaton College in Norton, MA in 2016 where he won the Edna D. Parks Prize in music theory. Receiving his degree in music with a minor in international politics, Nicolas pursued extensive self-study in aesthetic philosophy, art history, and music criticism.
During his studies, Nicolas was a cellist in the critically acclaimed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Sterner gave his conducting debut at the age of 17, where he was hailed as “the next Gustavo Dudamel.” He is a self-taught conductor.
Sterner has been very fortunate to have performed in halls nationally and around the world, including Het Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), De Doelen (Rotterdam), and St. Bavo Cathedral (Haarlem), Carnegie Hall (New York City), Symphony Hall (Boston), Sanders Theatre (Cambridge), Paine Hall (Harvard), Lotte Lehmann Hall (UCSB), and Hahn Hall (Music Academy of the West).
A lover of learning, Nicolas has taken great inspiration from the works of musical philosopher Theodor Adorno, music critic for the New Yorker, Alex Ross, as well as Soviet cellist Daniil Shafran, French-Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis, and German conductors Carlos Kleiber and Wilhelm Furtwängler. His teachers and mentors have included Michael Bonner, Emmanuel Feldman, Zarina Irkaeva, Irene Sharp, Ervin Klinkon, Nina Bodnar, and John Sant’Ambrogio, among many others.
Residing in Cambridge, MA, Nicolas’ recent musical engagements include performances as the Collaborative Director and Conductor of the Chromos Collaborative Orchestra, performances and masterclasses (with Colin Carr) at the Maine Chamber Music Seminar, conducting the Ip Piano School concerto concert, as well as contributions to the Boston Musical Intelligencer.