Nick Dinnerstein is a professional cellist and native New Yorker. After graduating from Mannes: School of Music in Manhattan, he moved to Boston to study privately with renowned strings pedagogue, George Neikrug. He remained there for a number of years to freelance and teach. During his time in Massachusetts, Nick was a member of the local union, through which he played with Boston Ballet, among other established area ensembles.
Throughout his career, Nick has engaged in a wide variety of musical pursuits. He has performed chamber and solo recitals at Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center, the Cape Cod Cultural Center, and in concert tour throughout Thailand. In 2014, Nick founded a concert series in Cambridge, MA - Composer Focus - which centered on 20th century and contemporary string quartets. As a baroque cellist, Nick has appeared in concert at the New York Historical Society. In the world of popular music, he can be heard on the albums of over 20 bands and songwriters, including The Shills, Mary Bichner, and Air Traffic Controller. Nick also performed on MTV and Sirius Radio with 30 Seconds to Mars.
Nick is in high demand as a teacher for both children and adults. He utilizes the Dounis technique, which emphasizes natural body motions and personal musicality. Nick teaches at two schools, aside from maintaining a private studio. He is currently the cello teacher at Sage Music, which has a uniquely systematic approach to structuring lessons and practicing. He also teaches beginner to intermediate piano and, through Park Slope Music Lessons, uses the revolutionary Musicolor Method to teach piano to young students.
Aside from his performing and recording activities, Nick is an experienced arranger, with a speciality in strings, having made both pop and classical arrangements for solo cello, string trio, quartet, and sextet. He has also branched out into composition and has a growing body of original work.
Nick is glad to be back in his hometown and is eager to lend his skills and artistry to New York's amazing music scene, as well as to lead the way by bringing his own voice and ideas to New York's culture.
Nick Dinnerstein is experienced as a classical solo recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player (stage and pit), and is also a recording artist in various contemporary genres. He also plays baroque cello. Nick comes highly recommended as an event cellist, having played over 100 weddings and other services.
As a teacher, Nick can teach all ages and levels of cello, as well as beginning piano.