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


Nicholas Hardie teaches cello, chamber music, and advanced performance techniques at the Greenwich Suzuki Academy, which he directs hand in hand with his wife, Heather.

An avid chamber musician, Nick was a founding member of the Satori Quartet with whom he held a residency at the University of Colorado at Boulder and an apprenticeship with the world-renown Takacs Quartet. He has also been heavily influenced by both current and former members of the Juilliard Quartet with whom he worked extensively, including mentorship through the exclusive Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and multiple years attending Kneisel Hall. His wide range of professional chamber music engagements have included the Aspen Music Festival’s Winter Chamber Music Series, the Marsh Chapel Cantata Series regularly broadcast on WBUR, Boston’s NPR station, and faculty chamber concerts at Boston University and Peabody Conservatory. He has also soloed with orchestras across the country, from Connecticut to Minnesota to Texas, and performs locally as principal cellist of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony.

A dedicated and passionate teacher, Nick has previously served on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory’s Preparatory Department, and has taught for Manhattan School of Music Precollege division as a long-term substitute. He has taught for the David Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar through the University of Hartford and frequently joined the Baylor University faculty for their intensive String Quartet Seminar, even acting as interim director in 2007.  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, and held a graduate assistantship, conducting and teaching both graduate and undergraduate cellists at Boston University through the Orchestral Program.

Nicholas Hardie holds a Doctorate 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, John Sharp, Amit Peled, and Marc Johnson.  His additional chamber studies are too long to list, but include work with members of the Tokyo Quartet, the Muir Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, the Fine Arts Quartet, the Vermeer Quartet, the Manhattan Quartet, the Peabody Trio, Seymour Lipkin, and Roman Totenberg, and masterclasses with Arnold Steinhardt, Jerry Grossman, and the Kronos Quartet. 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. He attended the Juilliard Quartet Seminar, Takacs Quartet Seminar, Kent Blossom Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival through Yale, Round Top Festival Institute, and spent three wonderful summers at Kneisel Hall.

RSO Quartet, with the principal strings of the Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

RSO Quartet live performance 2023
Mozart “Dissonance” Quartet, mvt.iv; L. Heffter “Astrocrete”

Greater Bridgeport Symphony, with Eric and Colin Jacobsen

Live Performance; BU College of Fine Arts, Marshall Hall

Concerts 2023-24

Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra with Aubree Oliverson: “American”
September 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM

RSO Quartet at the Aldridge Contemporary Art Museum: Music inspired by the exhibition Raven Halfmoon “Flags of Our Mothers”
October 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM

Greater Bridgeport Symphony: “Mingling with Mozart”
November 11, 2023 at 8:00 PM
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Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra with George Li: “Romantic”
December 2, 2023 at 7:30 PM

Greater Bridgeport Symphony: “United at Yuletide”
December 16, 2023 at 8:00 PM
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Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra with Edgar Meyer: “Virtuosic”
February 10, 2024 at 7:30 PM

RSO Quartet at the Ridgefield Theater Barn
March 2, 2024 at 7:00 PM (6:00 PM Wine, Cheese, & Tour)

Greater Bridgeport Symphony: “Flute Fusion”
March 14, 2024 at 8:00 PM
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**Nicholas Hardie, Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1**
Greater Bridgeport Symphony
: “A Bridge to Beethoven”
April 13, 2024 at 8:00 PM
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Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra: “Transcedent”
April 27, 2024 at 7:30 PM

Greenwich Suzuki Academy: Faculty Chamber Music Recital
May 14, 2024 at 5:15; Free