“The admirable ensemble cohesion brought these individual characters and musicians into a unified narrative. At one moment flutist Nicholas Southwick intensely focused on the soprano to produce a seamless unison response and accent to the poetry before delving into his own melodious solo.” – The Boston Musical Intelligencer
"Southwick also had a star solo turn in Ingrid Stölzel’s The Voice of the Rain, a meditation on Walt Whitman’s poem ruminating on the creative process. In it, a flutist, cellist, and percussionist (alternating between marimba and vibraphone), echo and develop a set of melodic ideas. The result is a rich-toned, delicately scored, often canonic-sounding study that, on Saturday, was fervently played by Southwick, cellist Minjin Chung, and percussionist Nate Turner." - The Arts Fuse
Praised by the Royal Gazette for his “beautiful phrasing” and “bright and lively playing” and by the Boston Musical Intelligencer for his "admirable ensemble cohesion," flutist Nicholas Southwick enjoys a diverse career as a chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. Performance highlights include Bach concerti with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra and invitations to perform at the Trentino Music Festival (northern Italy), Domaine Forget International Music Festival (Québec), and Bay Chamber Concerts (Maine), where he was awarded the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence in Performance.
Committed to the performance of contemporary chamber music, Nicholas is the solo flutist of the Juventas New Music Ensemble, which was recently awarded the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music. As a freelance musician, he has worked with the Boston Opera Collaborative, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, Some Assembly Required, Harvard-Radcliffe and Manchester Choral Societies, Salem Classical, and the King’s Chapel Recital Series. A keen concert curator, Nicholas founded the Acadie Duo & Friends Series with cellist Jaime Feldman in 2018 and enjoys performing chamber music each summer at several venues throughout his home state of Maine.
Nicholas is currently pursuing his Professional Diploma in solo and chamber music performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studies with Karen Jones, Katherine Baker, and Laura Jellicoe. He previously trained with Marco Granados and Robert Willoughby at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude in Music and French from Gordon College, where he was the first prize winner of the Concerto Competition.
A passionate instructor, Nicholas has served on the flute faculties of the Concord Conservatory of Music, Tufts University Community Music Programs, and Ipswich and Arlington Schools. He also worked as a Teaching Artist for El Sistema Somerville and traveled to Cap-Haitian, Haiti under the auspices of the Fulbright Association to teach flutists and coach chamber music at the Institut de Musique “Cemuchca.”