Nicholas Hatt, native to the Pittsburgh suburb of Beaver, Pennsylvania, is establishing himself as a prominent arts administrator, pedagogue, and performer. 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 a teaching assistant to Shannon Thomas. His principal teachers and mentors have included Christie Kecskemethy, Mikylah Myers, Andrzej Grabiec, Paul Kantor, and Shannon Thomas.
A passionate educator, Nicholas serves as Adjunct Professor of Violin and Viola at Northwest Florida State College. He is also on faculty at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and maintains both a private studio in Tallahassee, Florida and virtual studio that spans across the continental United States. He is most notably the Executive Director and Artist Faculty for Violin at the Emerald Coast Chamber Music Festival and Institute. His current and former students are successful music educators and orchestral musicians, and they can also be found performing at various summer music programs, such as the Sewanee Summer Music Festival. Graduating students have been accepted for violin studies at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, University of New Mexico, and many other reputable programs.
In addition to his private studies, Nicholas has had the pleasure to study 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, Canada, and Europe. 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 has performed with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as alongside members
of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia in festival ensembles. He is currently an active section violinist in numerous orchestras across Florida and Georgia. He is most notably the Associate Concertmaster of the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, where he has also served as Acting Concertmaster. Nicholas 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 Masumi Per Rostad, Max Mandel, Shannon Thomas, 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.
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.