Currently serving as Associate Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Hersh has earned a reputation as an “energetic and versatile” musician (Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun). Since joining the Baltimore Symphony as Assistant Conductor in 2014, he continues to make his mark on the mid-Atlantic region with exciting, innovative programming — most notably as conductor and co-curator of the acclaimed BSO Pulse series, bringing together Indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations.
As Associate Conductor, Nicholas also serves as Artistic Director of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras and leads the BSO’s educational and family programming, including the celebrated BSO Academy for adult amateur musicians. After his successful Baltimore Symphony subscription debut when he stepped in for an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier, Nicholas conducts the BSO in a set of subscription concerts each season. He has also appeared in concert with such orchestras as the New World Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra (where he also served as Assistant Conductor), the Auburn Symphony and the Southern Great Lakes Symphony.
Nicholas grew up in Evanston, Illinois and started his musical training with the cello. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Stanford University and a Master’s Degree in Conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. In 2011 and 2012 he was a Conducting Fellow with the prestigious American Academy of Conducting at Aspen, receiving mentorship from Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff and Larry Rachleff; he has also participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Nicholas is a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award, which recognizes talented young American conductors early in their professional careers.
Nicholas's performance credits span a diverse range of genres beyond the traditional concert canon, including opera, Broadway, pops, choral, Viennese dance, ballet and film music. An avid performer of new music, he has conducted numerous world premieres and champions living composers in his programming. Nicholas also continues to earn acclaim for his skill as an arranger and orchestrator: in addition to composing the Indie/orchestra crossover collaborations for the BSO Pulse series, his orchestral arrangements have appeared on professional symphony programs across the U.S.—particularly his arrangement of Queen’s famous Bohemian Rhapsody, which saw worldwide success after the video of its premiere and subsequent studio recording went viral on the Internet.