Nicholas Photinos, cellist, is a founding member of the four-time Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird. Formed in 1996, the ensemble performs throughout the world, giving 50-60 concerts annually, and has been featured on the 2013 Grammy Awards, CBS’s Sunday Morning and in the New York Times. The group’s mission extends beyond performance to curation and education. The ensemble served as Music Director of the Ojai Music Festival (2009), enjoyed a three-year residency at the Curtis Institute of Music, and holds ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence positions at the University of Richmond and the University of Chicago. The 2015-16 season brings a lively residency at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, featuring open rehearsals, an interactive gallery installation, performances, and public talks. The group makes its debut in Poland and with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society this season, and returns to Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Vancouver New Music, UT Austin, and UC Berkeley.
Nicholas has performed as a member of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra and Canton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras, and performed and recorded with artists including Björk, Wilco, Autumn Defense, violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery and singer Grazyna Auguscik. He teaches at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival every July in North Adams, MA. Nicholas is a graduate of Northwestern University, the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He has recorded for numerous labels including the Cedille, Nonesuch, and Naxos labels.