Violinist Nicolette Andres has created a musical career with breadth in teaching, performing—internationally, and she continues her own education with expert teachers all over the country and world. Nicolette shares her work and skills in the community through her position as a faculty violin instructor at Boulder Suzuki Strings, cultivating her own studio in her hometown of Evergreen, CO, and performing as a resident violinist in the Nexus Ensemble based in Denver, CO. The Nexus Ensemble focuses on the common ground between classical repertoire and contemporary rock, pop and electronic music.
Nicolette began to find her place with music and teaching while studying at the University of Puget Sound. In her string pedagogy course with Dr. Maria Sampen, Nicolette's teacher and mentor for many years, Nicolette's interest piqued at the opportunity to share her love of music with students in small, achievable steps. Nicolette began formal teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas in 2015. She nurtured her own studio of over twenty students ranging in age from three to seventy years old in the South Sound area for two years before return to her home state of Colorado.
During Nicolette’s undergraduate degree at the University of Puget Sound she spent six months abroad in Cork, Ireland where she studied with violinist and conductor Tom Crowley. While in Ireland Nicolette played in the Cork Institute of Technology School of Music Symphony and also absorbed the incredible folk music of Ireland. Nicolette picked up the bodhrán (Irish frame drum) and studied with Colm Murphy of the internationally known group De Dannan. Upon returning to the Northwest, Nicolette continued as a member of the University of Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, and was featured on violin as part of a jazz combo directed by composer Rob Hutchinson. Nicolette also performed in multiple chamber ensembles at the University of Puget Sound and was asked to rejoin the Symphony in Spring 2017 for a performance of Mahler’s First Symphony.
Nicolette gravitates towards music of many genres, and has a particular passion for playing swing, jazz, rock and traditional folk. Nicolette began to find a new voice on her violin when she was asked to perform for her local yoga studio’s evening classes in 2016. She began improvising more, composed original music, and was drawn to the powerful environments a musician can create during live performance. In Spring 2017 Nicolette joined touring Steampunk band Abney Park based in Seattle, WA. Nicolette performed with Abney Park for crowds of up to three thousand people across the world. A few destinations toured were Denver, Atlanta, Seattle, Portland, Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia; and Niagara, Ontario. In addition to playing electrifying live shows with the band, Nicolette composed handfuls of her violin parts for Abney Park and did work in the recording studio. She also added backing vocals during live performances. In addition to Abney Park, Nicolette has also performed with various bluegrass and gypsy jazz bands at venues across Denver, including two performances at Dazzle Jazz. Through these networks of musicians Nicolette was able to take a lesson with renowned gypsy jazz violinist Christiaan van Hemert of The Rosenberg Academy. She has also participated in workshops with jazz violinist Mads Tolling, and finds great inspiration from the artists Stuff Smith, Regina Carter, and Andrew Bird. You may find Nicolette at Irish sessions and bluegrass and gypsy jazz jams in the metro area. Nicolette's upcoming shows can be found here.
Nicolette believes that studying the violin in great depth develops skilled musicians, yet the most important part of the journey is that these skills spill over into all parts of our lives. Students of the violin will practice close listening, building focus, awareness, patience, sensitivity, as well as the technical skills that are used to play the instrument. This creates healthy, well-rounded individuals, and seeps into our communities.
Whether you want your child to study the violin from a young age, you are an adult learner, or you are a violinist who wants to explore the genres of rock, folk, or jazz, Nicolette will tailor lessons to lead you to your goals, step by step. In addition to many years of private lesson teaching experience, Nicolette taught at an institute-style workshop in 2019 at The Studio Violin in Northern California, and loves meeting new students in workshop settings. In addition to her musical studies, Nicolette holds a 200-hour yoga certification and blends her knowledge of anatomy and movement with teaching the violin in order to let people play comfortably for as long as they would like. Lessons are currently being held online - so if you are not local, the opportunity is still available to you.
Services available include lessons, studio recording, workshop presentations, yoga for musicians, and live performance.