Nicholas Tolle has been described by the New York Times as "virtuosic" and by the Albany Times-Union as "amazingly skilled."  In 2012 he performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra,  the New York Philharmonic, and was a soloist in the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal’s performance of Pierre Boulez’ Repons, which he also performed with the composer at the Lucerne Festival in 2009.  He has appeared as a soloist with Collage New Music, performing Steve Mackey’s 5 Animated Shorts, and with numerous orchestras performing Kodály’s Háry János Suite.   He is also a frequent collaborator with Ensemble Signal. With his own group, The Ludovico Ensemble, he has presented concerts featuring the complete cimbalom chamber music of György Kurtág.  Nicholas is deeply committed to expanding the repertoire, and has presented lectures at universities and conservatories across the Northeast about composing for cimbalom, and has commissioned numerous solo and chamber works for the instrument.  As a percussionist, he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Nederlands Radio Kamer Philharmonie, the Boston Pops Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Boston Lyric Opera and many other groups around New England.  He attended the Boston, Amsterdam, and New England Conservatories.  Nicholas’ performance of Repons is featured in the Euroarts documentary Inheriting the Future of Music:  Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy.


Nicholas owns two concert cimbaloms of the highest quality and is available for hire throughout North America.


Selected Repertoire:

Béla Bartók- First Rhapsody for violin and orchestra

Répons - Pierre Boulez

Eclat/Multiples  - Pierre Boulez

La Plus Que Lente - Claude Dubussy

Mystère de l'instant - Henri Dutilleux

L'arbre des songes - Henri Dutilleux  

Háry János Suite - Zoltán Kodály

8 Duos for Violin and Cimbalom - György Kurtág

Tre Pezzi/ Tre Altri Pezzi - György Kurtág

7 Songs for Soprano and Cimbalom - György Kurtág

Scenes From a Novel - György Kurtág

In Memory of a Winter Evening - György Kurtág

Stele - György Kurtág

Messages of the Late RV Troussova - György Kurtág

Quasi una Fantasia - György Kurtág

5 Animated Shorts - Steve Mackey

Der Ferne Klang - Franz Schreker

Renard - Igor Stravinsky

Ragtime - Igor Stravinsky