A percussionist of great versatility and virtuosity, George Nickson has been hailed as “a performer handling his role with ease and flair” by The New York Times. George, a native of South Florida, has recently received the Master of Music degree at The Juilliard School, where he studied with Daniel Druckman. He was appointed Principal Percussionist of the Sarasota Orchestra in April 2012 and will begin his tenure there in September.
Highlights of this past season include performing Sur Incises by Pierre Boulez with AXIOM at Lincoln Center and a complete performance of Drumming by Steve Reich at (le) Poisson Rouge, being a finalist for the Boston Symphony’s Percussion position in January 2012, and being a Tanglewood Music Center fellow in 2011 and 2012. Previous years’ engagements included solo percussion recitals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.
George completed his undergraduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Will Hudgins. George has performed marimba and percussion concerti with the Ars Flores.
Symphony Orchestra, The Treasure Coast Symphony and the Indian River Pops Orchestra. Solo performances and master classes have brought him to the Florida Day Of Percussion, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Universidad de Caldas in Manizales, Colombia.
An ardent proponent of new music, George was a member of the Xanthos Ensemble from 2005-2010 and has worked closely with our greatest living composers, in particular, Elliot Carter, Charles Wuorinen, Oliver Knussen and Steve Reich.
In addition to the classical field, Nickson has had the pleasure of performing with numerous rock and pop groups throughout the New York and Boston areas. He is currently the drummer/percussionist for Evan Shinners and the SUITS!