Hannah Nicholas, Freya Creech

Violinist Freya Creech and

Violist Hannah Nicholas

Tuesday, February 11, 2020,

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Come hear British violinist Freya Creech and American violist Hannah Rose Nicholas present some wonderful and rarely-heard musical gems for solo violin and viola. These two talented young women will take you on a journey from glorious Mozart through the enchanting notes of an Idylle by Koechlin, a Tango by Ljova, and a Romance by Sibelius — with some surprise solos hidden among them! 

Freya Creech, who is half-Canadian, grew up in the west of Ireland, studying violin with her mother. She entered the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music, London, at the age of ten, completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, and went on to a Masters degree in Kammermusik at the Hochschule für Musik, Hannover. Creech combines a busy schedule as soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist, regularly performing in venues across the U.K. and throughout Europe. She now makes her home in Tucson, where she has joined True Concord Voices and Orchestra. 

Violist Hannah Rose Nicholas plays with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO) and is Principal Violist of the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. She has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, New World Symphony, and Central City Opera Orchestra. She is co-founder with violist Sam Kelder of Shizuka Duo. Nicholas also performs in venues across the U.S. with classical, jazz, and folk musicians. 

Creech and Nicholas first met in 2015, playing Beethoven’s Op. 127 String Quartet together with violinist Pekka Kuusisto. They formed a deeply musical connection and friendship. In 2017 they founded the Rose Quartet with Maya Cohon and Austin Fisher. The duo is planning future projects together, including a U.S. concert tour consisting of music based on their cultural roots combined with readings of their own poetry and writings.

Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village volunteer

Feb. 11: “Sisters in Music – Violin and Viola”