Nick is a collaborative cellist, conductor, educator, and entrepreneur. A native of Santa Barbara, California, Sterner received a B.A. from Wheaton College in Norton, MA, where he majored in music and minored in International Relations. Nicolas is a dedicated musician, scholar, and passionate supporter of sustainable music-making as an artistic and entrepreneurial imperative for the future of classical music. Relying on a variety of pedagogical practices to inform his teaching style, Nicolas places emphasis on the psychological, philosophical, physical, and artistic aspects of music-making.
A cellist in the internationally acclaimed Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Nicolas played with the ensemble in many venues, notably Symphony Hall Boston, Sanders’ Theatre at Harvard University, Carnegie Hall, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. A resident of Somerville, MA, Nicolas is an avid supporter of community engagement and participation with and between the arts. Keen on bringing musicians together to create and perform, Nicolas co-founded a summer chamber orchestra which gave its inaugural concert at Harvard University in August, 2016. Nicolas actively pursues musical projects and collaborative opportunities in chamber music with friends, composers, and musical community members at-large in the Greater Boston Area.