Now Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra,
Nicholas Hersh is fast earning a reputation as an “energetic and versatile” musician (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). Since joining the Baltimore Symphony as Assistant Conductor in 2014, he continues to make his mark on the Mid-Atlantic region with exciting, innovative programming—most notably as conductor and co-curator of the acclaimed BSO Pulse series, bringing together Indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations.
As Associate Conductor, Nicholas also serves as Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and leads the BSO’s educational and family programming, including the celebrated Academy for adult amateur musicians. After his successful Baltimore Symphony subscription debut when he stepped in for an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier, Nicholas conducts the BSO in a set of subscription concerts each season. He has also appeared in concert with such orchestras as the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra (where he also served as Assistant Conductor), and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony.
Nicholas grew up in Evanston, Illinois and started his musical training with the cello. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. In 2011 and 2012 he was a Conducting Fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, studying with mentors Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff, and has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicholas is also a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.
Nicholas's performance credits span a diverse range of genres beyond the traditional concert canon, including opera, Broadway, pops, choral, Viennese dance, ballet, and film music. An avid performer of new music, he has conducted world premieres of two film scores, as well as an opera, a symphony and numerous concert pieces. Nicholas also continues to earn acclaim for his skill as an arranger and orchestrator: in addition to arranging the Indie/orchestra crossover collaborations for the BSO Pulse series, he has had arrangement commissions from the Cleveland Pops, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Jackson Symphony. His orchestral arrangement of Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody saw worldwide success after the video of its premiere and subsequent studio recording went viral on the Internet.