Canadian-born Baroque cellist Caroline Nicolas has performed around North America, Europe and Asia with such eminent musicians as Monica Huggett, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, William Christie, Nicholas McGegan and Robert Mealy. As winner of the Juilliard School Historical Performance Department’s concerto competition, she recently made her solo debut in Alice Tully Hall in New York City. She has also worked with the Grammy nominated ensemble Ars Lyrica and the Da Camera of Houston. Her performances have been broadcast on KUHF in Texas, WDIY in Pennsylvania, and CCTV in China.
Caroline grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was first introduced to the cello by her mother, an elementary school music teacher. At the age of fifteen she made her orchestral debut with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and also graduated from high school. She subsequently enrolled at the Cleveland Institute of a Music on a full scholarship as a student of a Richard Aaron. Currently she is completing a Graduate Diploma at the Juilliard School with a full scholarship in Baroque cello as a student of Phoebe Carrai in the Historical Performance program. She also studies viola da gamba with Sarah Cunningham. Caroline lives in New York City with her husband, lutenist Kevin Payne.