Dr. Nicholas Hardie, Business Director: Cello & Chamber Music

Dr. Nicholas HardieNick teaches cello, chamber music, and even a little bass at GSA, where he works hand in hand with his wife Heather. His students have participated locally in the New York Youth Symphony, Norwalk Youth Symphony, the Stamford Young Artists program, Connecticut’s All-State and All-Region Orchestras, and Asya Meshburg’s chamber music program, and have been awarded numerous local awards and opportunities including soloing with the American Chamber Orchestra through their annual Concerto Competition.  Nationally his GSA students have been selected to perform at the Biennial SAA Conference masterclasses (most recently for Richard Aaron), NAfME All-National Orchestra, and have attended the summer festivals of Interlochen, Brevard, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar at Hartt, and Suzuki Institutes of Chicago, Ithaca, Hartt, Hersey, and Colorado.

Nick has previously served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Department, as head of the cello department at The Academy of Music in Maryland, and as joint head of the cello department (in conjunction with his wife) at the Central Texas String Academy.  He has taught for Manhattan Conservatory’s Prep department as a long-term substitute. Nick taught for the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar and the Hartford Suzuki Institute through the University of Hartford.  He has joined the Baylor University faculty over several summers for their String Quartet Seminar, a unique and intensive summer program for pre-professional musicians.  He acted as interim director in 2007.  He held a part-time graduate assistantship at Boston University as Director and Conductor of the B.U.  Cello Ensemble; a short-term division of the official Orchestral Program.  He has also been hired to assist the cello sections of Dartmouth College and the Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore.  He has lectured on chamber music at Johns Hopkins University.

Nicholas Hardie holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in cello performance from Boston University, a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory, and a Bachelor of Music from Baylor University.  Nick’s primary teachers have been George Neikrug, Alan Stepansky, and his father, Gary Hardie.  He has done significant cello studies with Joel Krosnick, Darrett Adkins, and Judith Glyde.  Nick has also worked with Norman Fischer, Stephen Geber, Barbara Stein Mallow, and Andre Emelianoff at various summer music venues and performed in solo master classes for Anner Bylsma, Joel Krosnick, John Sharp, Amit Peled, and Marc Johnson.  He also studied double bass as his secondary instrument with Dr. Christopher Buddo at Baylor University, and baroque cello and historical performance practice with John Moran at Peabody.

Nick grew up in a Suzuki Environment thanks to his mother, Dr. Julia Hardie, a Suzuki Teacher Trainer in Viola/Violin.  He has received Suzuki training through the Chicago Suzuki Institute, and taken ECE from his mother, for whom he also worked for five years.  Nick’s interest in pedagogy has also led him to attend both the Bernard Greenhouse and Luigi Silva celebratory workshops hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Nick is a founding member of the Stratus Chamber Players based in CT, and is principal cellist of the Ridgefield Symphony. As a former and founding member of the Satori Quartet, he performed in Harris Hall in Aspen, the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, and Paul Hall in New York.  He has performed on Faculty chamber music recitals at Boston University and Peabody Conservatory.  He attended the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, the Takacs Quartet Seminar, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival through Yale, and spent three wonderful summers at Kneisel Hall.  Nick returned to Baylor to perform Strauss’s Don Quixote and performed the Schumann Concerto with the Bemidji Symphony.