Nick Dinnerstein is a cellist and composer who connects deeply with audiences through imaginative, original, and expressive performances. His career weaves threads through classical and popular music – and his original compositions speak in a language that explores and blends the two.
As a composer, Nick has written for cello, piano, strings, voice, and other ensemble combinations. His music is characterized by its unique fusion of elements from a variety of styles. Drawing on baroque and modernist classical music, jazz, hip hop, pop, and many other genres, Nick’s music recombines them in new and unexpected ways. Balancing this expansive variety is an element of contemplative minimalism that runs through Nick’s work, inviting the listener to fall into a state of calm and contemplation.
Often a performer of his works for cello and loop pedal, Nick’s largest composition is “Cello Loops”, which takes the listener through an imaginative world, an emotional journey – in turn, ironic and earnest, beautiful and grieving, driven and serene.
Other compositions have included music for dance performances, piano recitals, pop string quartets, as well as improvised parts for songwriters and meditation soundscapes.
As a performer, Nick has played music by classical composers from all eras. 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 performing 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 has also appeared on Sirius Radio and MTV Unplugged.
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, viola, cello, and piano. He is available for