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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 Literally gripping the arms of my seat, I was not the only one propelled on this rollercoaster of delightful music.  

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 Every section and soloist within the orchestra played their role with strength and beauty; every tree proud and tall. Tali served as an excellent guide leading the forces with assured confidence. The overall sound was lush and, yes, intense just where it needed to be.  

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 The Sarasota Orchestra was brimming with bubbling energy...  

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 A lifetime of musical moments, cinematic in scope, gave every section of the orchestra a leading role at one time or another. Chief among them was the virtuosic solo of concertmaster Daniel Jordan.  

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 It was a thrill ride resulting in an explosion of audience enthusiasm.  

Written byThe Observer

 Andrew Lane, the Orchestra’s Principal Pops Conductor, knows how to program a winning event and this concert had something for everyone. It also brought in a whole new audience that seemed dazzled by the performances.  

Written byThe Observer

 The Sarasota Orchestra played a program this past weekend filled with so much color, it was like visiting the Louvre.  

Written byHerald Tribune

 The performance... was exceptional, bringing new and stunning sonorities from a larger than usual Sarasota Orchestra under the dynamic leadership of Anu Tali.  

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