Nick Pauly is a violist, composer, and improviser from Brooklyn, NY. A contemporary music enthusiast, Pauly focuses on extended techniques for strings, including performance with found objects, subtones, and alternate tunings.
Pauly has performed with Ensemble Mise-En, Bang on a Can, Concerts on the Slope, Rhymes With Opera, and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. His current solo project, nonstructures, is an ongoing set of free improvisations for viola, violin, and waterphone. In 2016-17, he composed and performed Four C3s for One, for viola re-strung with four unison C strings. Pauly is also the co-curator of Blank Space House Concerts, a series of apartment “laboratory” concerts for emerging new music performers in New York.
Pauly is a Suzuki-registered violin and viola instructor with a passion for teaching improvisation. He is on the strings faculty at Third Street Music School Settlement and coaches with InterSchool Orchestras of New York. In addition to his musical interests, Nick is an avid Mets baseball fan, ping-pong player, and amateur painter.
M.M. Manhattan School of Music
The Royal Danish Academy of Music
B.A. Rutgers University
Major teachers: Karen Ritscher, Lars Anders Tomter, Tim Frederiksen, Steven Rochen, Randall Woolf, Kimberly Riedel
Bang on a Can fellow (2016), Institute and Festival for Contemporary Music (2013-15)