Nicholas Lindell

Marietta, Georgia

Rice University, currently studying DMA in viola expected 2025
Rice University, MM viola 2021
University of Georgia, MA mathematics 2019
University of Georgia, BMusic violin performance, BS mathematics, AB music/viola

The Summit Foundation Chair

Nicholas received degrees in violin, viola, and mathematics from the University of Georgia and is presently pursuing a doctorate at Rice University. He was principal viola of NRO last summer and has played with the Houston Symphony, the Houston Grand Opera, and countless chamber ensembles. Nicholas also loves jazz and folk fiddling and has played, recorded, and toured with several small bluegrass bands.

What is something interesting that people may not know about you?
I spent three months working on highly classified cryptography problems for the National Security Agency. To get a top secret security clearance, I went through the whole shebang, including a couple terrifying polygraph examinations!

Name three of your favorite composers:
Felix Mendelssohn, Lillian Fuchs, Paul Hindemith

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Throw a frisbee or kick a soccer ball!

What are you most looking forward to this summer with the NRO?
I cannot wait to return to the most beautiful state in the Union and check out some bike routes while performing so much music!