George Nickson


George Nickson*

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First season with the SO: 2012-2013

Hometown: Port Saint Lucie, Florida

Degrees / Colleges: Bachelor of Music, The New England Conservatory of Music. Master of Music, The Juilliard School.

Age you began playing an instrument: Began playing piano at age 8, began playing percussion at age 13. 

Award / Musical Accomplishment you are most proud of: Playing my graduating recital at Juilliard three days before winning my position with the SO!

Style and make of your instrument: I play a ton of different instruments but am very lucky to be an artist for and have support from the Zildjian Cymbal Company, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion.

Hobbies / interests: I love to cook, play sports, spend time in the sun, and study conducting in my free musical time...

Personal Fact / Something you would like people to know about you: I used to be a Junior Olympic springboard and platform diver in my younger years.

My dream is to: Play and conduct all types of music for the rest of my life.

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