Nicholas Hatt, native to the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver, Pennsylvania, began playing the violin at the age of seven and quickly developed a unique passion for the instrument. He received his Master of Music degree from the Moores School of Music at the University of Houston and his Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University. Nicholas received his Doctor of Music degree from the College of Music at Florida State University, where he served as the teaching assistant to Shannon Thomas. His principal teachers and mentors have included Christie Kecskemethy, Mikylah Myers McTeer, Andrzej Grabiec, Paul Kantor, and Shannon Thomas.
In addition to his private studies, Nicholas has had the pleasure to work with well-known violinists such as Midori Goto, James Ehnes, Giora Schmidt, Andrés Cárdenes, Noah Bendix-Balgley, as well as other prominent violinists from the United States and Canada. He has also had the honor of working with renowned violin pedagogues, such as Lucie Robert and Shirley Givens, and has performed for legendary violinist Ida Haendel.
Nicholas has given numerous solo, chamber, and orchestral performances across the United States and Canada, where some of his engagements have included performances at venues such as Heinz Hall, the New World Center, and Françoys-Bernier Hall. As an orchestral musician, he is currently an active section violinist of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony Orchestra, Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, Panama City Pops Orchestra, Villages Philharmonic, and Ocala Symphony Orchestra. He is also an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, Eastern Music Festival, and orchestral fellowship programs at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival, and the Miami Summer Music Festival.
A prize winning chamber musician, Nicholas is a founding member of the Velox Quartett. His other chamber performances have included collaborations with Max Mandel, Joe Philips, Lynn Stodola, and Kenneth Slowik. He is also an alumnus of the Young Artist Program at the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he has been featured as a part of the Highlight Concert Series. He has also attended the chamber music and solo programs at Le Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy. Nicholas was an Artist-In-Residence through the Atlantic Music Festival's Contemporary Ensemble Fellowship program.
As an educator, Nicholas serves as Adjunct Professor of Violin at Northwest Florida State College. He is also on faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and maintains a private studio in Tallahassee, Florida. Outside of the concert setting, Nicholas has also been invited to the set of KHOU-11’s Great Day Houston and NBC’s Studio 6 of Miami, Florida, where he was featured as a guest performer.