“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 made his international solo debut at the age of 18 performing the music of J.S. Bach with the Bermuda Chamber Orchestra in Hamilton, Bermuda and has since performed in Austria, France, the United Kingdom, and northern Italy, where he held a principal flute fellowship position at the Trentino Festival. He holds awards from the Presser Foundation, Orchestra of the Americas, and Bay Chamber Concerts (Rockport, ME), where he was honored with the Ezra Rachlin Prize for Excellence.
Based in Boston, Nicholas is core flutist of the Juventas New Music Ensemble and enjoys an active career as a freelance musician throughout New England, appearing the Boston Opera Collaborative, Bangor Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Festival Orchestra, Some Assembly Required, Harvard-Radcliffe Choral Society, Manchester Choral Society, Salem Classical, King's Chapel Recital Series, and Bay Chamber Music Festival, among many others.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts degree Summa Cum Laude in music and French from Gordon College, where he was the first prizewinner of the 2015 Concerto Competition. He earned his graduate degree at Bard College’s Longy School of Music under the tutelage of Marco Granados and legendary flute pedagogue Robert Willoughby. He also studied with Andrea Mairhofer at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria. His past teachers include Susan Heath and Nicolas Duchamp of the Opéra Comique de Paris. He has performed in masterclasses for Trevor Wye, Lorna McGhee, Rachel Brown, Samuel Coles, and Jean Ferrandis.
In demand as an instructor, Nicholas serves on the flute faculties of the Tufts University Community Music Programs, Concord Conservatory of Music, and Ipswich Schools. He has 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."