Violist and Violinist, Nicole Kootz, started playing violin at age 15 and quickly found herself on the fast track to a career in music. Having won a concerto competition after only a year and a half of formal study, she received a scholarship to pursue a B.M. at the University of South Florida. Starting her viola studies as a freshman, she then spent three of her four years at USF as principal violist for the Symphony Orchestra. She continued on to complete her M.M. in String Performance at Boston University in 2016.
Before pursing her masters, Nicole was a faculty member at Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida, teaching group violin classes in an outreach program, and building a private Suzuki Violin studio. As a committed music educator, she has registered Suzuki training in Violin Books 1-3, with the intention of completing Book 4 in 2017. Nicole also has a great interest in body wellness, and has attended Alexander Technique and Karen Tuttle Workshops to learn more about the best way to approach playing musical instruments physically and mentally.
Her principal teachers include Karen Ritscher, Sarah Darling, J.T Posadas, and Kathie Aagaard. So far, she has traveled around the US, Canada, and Italy attending festivals for chamber music, and alternative approaches to music through the use of electric instruments and computer controlled sound installations. She has a mixed classical and contemporary performance background, working with artists such as Carol Rodland and Judith Gordon for chamber music, and performing with The Florida Orchestra, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and studio recording work.
Nicole plans to continue dedicating time towards music education, while also developing ways to engage new audiences with classical instruments and music. She is currently teaching at various studios in Boston, Lexington, and Newtonville.