Nicholas Johnson (he/they) is a cellist and organizer that strives to create meaningful art at local levels with collaborations which cross genres. A recipient of the 2023 St. Botolph Club Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award, he performs and records in the New England area as a soloist, chamber partner, and orchestral player with groups including Semiosis Quartet, Sound Icon, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, and Odyssey Opera. In the 2022-2023 season Nick returned to their native state of Florida to join the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra as Guest Principal. Nick received their Bachelor of Music from University of South Florida studying with Scott Kluksdahl, as well as Master of Music and Graduate Performance Diploma from Boston Conservatory at Berklee with Andrew Mark. While at Boston Conservatory he was a member of the Honors Chamber Ensemble, was awarded first prize in the 2019 MA-ASTA String Masters Solo Competition performing Henri Dutilleux’s “Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher,” was a Concerto Competition winner performing Chen Yi’s “Suite for Cello and Chamber Winds,” and he studied and performed with members of the Silk Road Ensemble. He has since performed at Symphony Hall, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Tsai Performance Center, Jordan Hall, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Mechanics Hall, and Carnegie Hall.