A “versatile and energetic conductor…”
“BSO associate conductor Nicholas Hersh shaped Price’s effortlessly melodious, rhythmically buoyant dances with a keen ear for contour, and he drew warm playing from the ensemble. Hersh was a major asset for the concert’s remainder as well, maintaining a level of poise and naturalness of movement that revealed how impressively he has grown as a conductor since he joined the orchestra in 2014.”
Nicholas Hersh is Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras. Since joining the BSO as Assistant Conductor in 2014, he continues to make his mark on the mid-Atlantic region with exciting, innovative programming—notably as conductor and co-curator of the acclaimed BSO Pulse series, bringing together indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations. Nicholas directs the BSO’s educational and family programming, including the celebrated Academy for adult amateur musicians, as well as a variety of classical and popular programs. Nicholas made his BSO subscription debut stepping in for an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier, and has since conducted the BSO in a set of subscription concerts each season.
In the 19-20 season, Nicholas debuts with the Sarasota Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, and the Portland (ME) Symphony, and returns to conduct the National Symphony Orchestra. Highlights of the 18-19 season include his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra and a return engagement four months later (again stepping in for Yan Pascal Tortelier), and debuts with the Phoenix Symphony and Rochester Philharmonic. He has appeared with the Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Auburn Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony. Nicholas is a frequent collaborator and guest faculty at the Peabody Conservatory as well as the BSO’s OrchKids program for Baltimore City schoolchildren.
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 master classes with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicholas is a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.
Nicholas is a skilled arranger and orchestrator; he has had frequent arrangement commissions from the Baltimore Symphony as well as from the Cleveland Pops, the National Repertory Orchestra, and the Jackson Symphony. His symphonic arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody saw worldwide success as a viral YouTube hit, garnering over seven million views.