School of Music Visiting Artist Series
Nick Photinos, cellist, is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of the four-time Grammy Award-winning chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Formed in 1996, the group performs 50-60 concerts annually throughout the world and has been featured at the 2013 Grammy Awards, on CBS’s Sunday Morning, Bloomberg TV, and frequently in the New York Times. They are Musical America's Ensemble of the Year for 2017 and recipients of the inaugural Chamber Music America Visionary Award in 2016. In June 2017 Eighth Blackbird launched the annual Blackbird Creative Lab, a tuition-, room- and board- free chamber music festival. The ensemble currently holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond. As a solo artist, Nick has performed and recorded with rock stars Björk, Wilco, Autumn Defense; jazz artists including Sheila Jordan, Laurence Hobgood, Zach Brock, and Matt Ulery; and has been a member of the Canton and Columbus Symphony Orchestras and the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra. He teaches at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival every July in North Adams, MA. He has recorded for numerous labels including the Cedille, Nonesuch, Greenleaf, and Naxos labels. His debut solo album, Petits Artéfacts
, was released on the New Amsterdam label in Fall 2017.