Nicholas Leh Baker, Violin
Texas Native, Nicholas Leh Baker is hailed by the Houston Chronicle as ‘an exciting musician...who knows how to coax a multitude of sounds out of his instrument with beauty and ease.” During past seasons, Nicholas has appeared as Conductor-in-Residence with the Foundation for Modern Music and as a fellowship conductor at the Cabrillo Contemporary Festival of Music. He has also been principal conductor of the Sonus Chamber Orchestra, and has made guest appearances with the Austin Symphony, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Rose City Chamber Orchestra, the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival, the Shepherd School of Music, Greater Houston Youth Orchestra, and with studio orchestras in Los Angeles.
As an advocate with a great passion for new music, Nicholas founded the the ensemble Duo Scordatura. During his 10 year tenure as violinist of the Duo, he has premiered and/or commissioned over 60 new works by composers such as Jordan Kuspa,George Heathco, Paul Dooley, Avner Dorman, Alexandra Bryant. In 2013 Duo Scordatura released their debut album with rave reviews. Most recently, he premiered two commissioned concertos at the Pittsburgh New Music Festival with Alia Musica Pittsburgh, and in 2010 hosted the Naxos label Cd release concert of internationally well know composer, Avner Dorman as conductor-in-residence with the Foundation of Modern Music.
Nicholas Leh Baker is a dedicated violinist and chamber music. He has appeared as a soloist and recitalist in numerous cities throughout the United States, including Dallas, Houston, Tulsa, Little Rock, Portland,Washington D.C., and New York City. As a violinist, Nicholas has collaborated with great artist such as pianists, John Hendrickson and Ilgin Aka; violinist, Rodica Oancea-Gonzalez, Apollo Chamber Players, Fidelis String Quartet, and most recently with violist, Ivo Van Der Werff.
Nicholas is making his Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall debut in March 2016
Nicholas studied conducting with Brett Mitchell, Rebecca Miller, other teachers include Gustav Meier, Marin Alsop, Cliff Colnot, and Richard Fiese. He studied violin with Arkady Fomin, Rodica Oancea-Gonzalez, and Ronald Francois.
Nicholas performs on a modern instrument made by Tetsuo Matsuda, and a fine bow made by Emmanuel Bégin.
In the Press:
“Violinist, Nicholas is an exciting musician...who knows how to coax a multitude of sounds out of his instrument with beauty and ease.”
- Houston Chronicle
“Conductor, Nicholas Leh Baker gave a solid and masterful rendition of Garcia’s work, “Inter Alia.”
- San Francisco Music Journal
- Houston Chronicle
- Christopher Zimmerman,
Music Director of FairFax Symphony
“In all my work with him, I have always found Nicholas to be an incredibly thoughtful and surprising musician, as well as a particularly insightful interpreter of my own compositions.”
- Jordan Kuspa, Composer
"His conducting is clear and expressive, as he is a seasoned musician at this point in his career".... "having collaborated with him as soloist, or joining him in a chamber music setting, both his conducting and playing is at the highest level."
"... I predict a promising career for this conductor/violinist."
- John D Hendrickson, concert pianist
“It’s always a pleasure to work with Nicholas,
who brings professionalism and passion to all that he does."
- Aaron Alon, DMA Composition Department Chair
The American Festival for the Arts