Nick Dinnerstein is a cellist who connects deeply with audiences through imaginative, original, and expressive performances. His career weaves threads through classical and popular music – and his original compositions express themselves by exploring and blending the two.
Nick performs music by a wide variety of classical composers. Between 2014 and 2017, he organized an acclaimed concert series at the Lilypad in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “Composer Focus”. Each of the concerts consisted of works by one 20th century classical composer: featured were visionary string quartets by Britten, Bartok, Shostakovich, Schnittke, and Ligeti. Nick also often performs the Bach Suites and Romantic repertoire.
Other memorable performings experiences have included concerts on Baroque cello (New York Historical Society) and classical recitals with piano (The Art Complex Museum and Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center).
Nick has also had the joy of collaborating with many gifted songwriters and bands. He can be heard on recordings by Mary Bichner, The Shills, Bent Knee, and countless others. Nick has also appeared on Sirius Radio and MTV Unplugged.
As a cellist-composer, Nick performs his own music – centrally “Cello Loops” – which seemlessly blends the rhythmic and harmonic vitality of popular music with the imaginative structures of classical music. A singular musical vision, “Cello Loops” is, in turn, sarcastic and simple, beautiful and grieving – music as an emotional journey, a world for the listener to enter.
Nick owes his musical life to string pedagogue, George Neikrug, who passed the Dounis method on to Nick, and taught him to sing through the cello. Nick also studied composition with John Howell Morrison, who fostered Nick’s individual creativity in music.
Nick is also a dedicated and passionate teacher, with students on violin, cello, and piano.