Guest Artists

All guest artist performances are free and open to the public.

Margarita Nuller, piano

Monday, September 17, 2018 at 7:30pm

Pianist Margarita Nuller returns to NSM to present a concert featuring Carnaval, op. 9 by Schumann, Études – Book 2 by Debussy, and Cadenzas by NSM’s founder Nicholas Van Slyck.

Margarita Nuller was born into a family of musicians in St. Petersburg, Russia. She began playing the piano and taking lessons from her mother, pianist Tatiana Selkova, when she was just five years old. She then attended a music school, affiliated with the St. Petersburg Conservatory, for gifted children. Ms. Nuller graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, where her teachers included Kasimir Grinasuk, Edward Bazanov, and Luiz Carlos de Moura Castro.

Ms. Nuller’s repertoire includes major works from the piano literature such as all 32 Beethoven Sonatas, all Chopin Etudes, Scherzos and Sonatas among others. Since her arrival in the United States in 1990, she has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and in New England. Margarita Nuller has also played recitals in Brazil, Russia, Spain, and Portugal. She has been soloist with the Arkansas Symphony (AK), Danbury Symphony (CT), Klassika Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Orchestra Temple Beth (CT), and Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico.

Ms. Nuller played her debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a winner of the Artist International Auditions. Her CD of Russian music was released on L’Art label in 2003. She has attended many summer festivals including the SIPO in Óbidos (Portugal), the Shandelee Festival (NY), and Music in the Palaces Festival in St. Petersburg (Russia). Furthermore, she has taught at the University of Hartford (CT), the Moussorgsky College of Music (Russia), and the Connecticut Conservatory in New Milford (CT).

Currently Ms. Nuller has a very busy teaching studio in New Fairfield (CT) and is on the faculty of the Kent School in Kent (CT). Her students have been
accepted at prestigious music schools, including the Eastman School of Music
(NY), Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Oberlin College (OH). In addition, she has been an adjudicator for the MTNA Piano Competition of New Jersey and for other state and local competitions. Recently Ms. Nuller has been playing and will be recording works by Boston composer Nicholas Van Slyck.


Joshua Peckins, violin

Invitation to Bach and Ysaye

Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3pm

Violinist Joshua Peckins presents a lecture recital featuring solo violin music by Bach and Ysaye, with warm and personal stories about the composers and their music. 

This lecture recital pairs Bach’s B minor Partita and Ysaye’s Fourth Solo Sonata – two of the most virtuosic and expressive works ever written for the violin.  Their composition spanning over 200 years, these masterworks showcase the violin’s hugely diverse musical and technical potential, ranging from elegant and refined movements from the Baroque Period to sweeping arcs of sound and storytelling from the post-Romantic.  George Enescu, the legendary Romanian violinist and colleague of Ysaye, described Bach’s solo violin music as “the Himalayas of violinists.”  This is solo violin music at its best.

Joshua Peckins, award-winning concert violinist, has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia, from Carnegie Hall to Beijing’s Performing Arts Center. Having played chamber music and recitals in the United States, Vienna, Paris, Italy, Slovenia, Austria, Japan, and Canada, he was also invited to give solo performances and pedagogical lectures in Japan – broadcast on national television.

Today, Joshua Peckins is most passionate and active as a recitalist, having launched his solo recital series The Art of the Recital in 2016 with a mission to bring the great masterpieces of the solo violin repertoire back into our regular concert-going experience. He is also in the middle of a six year lecture recital project, Invitation to Bach and Ysaye.

Truly an international musician and teacher, Mr. Peckins has performed for the Austrian federal president (also broadcast on national television), performed on the Artist Series of the Bled Festival in Slovenia and at the Salzburg Festival, given a solo recital in the renowned Figaro Hall of Palace Pálffy (where Mozart himself presented his “The Marriage of Figaro”), and recorded a special scale system for the Vienna University of Music.

Mr. Peckins is an active chamber musician, having performed with the New England Bach Festival at Marlboro, A Far Cry, Camerata New England, Music at Eden’s Edge, and Manchester Summer Chamber Music. As an orchestral musician, he has served as associate concertmaster of the Cape Cod Symphony and first violinist of the Boston Philharmonic, as well as at the Monadnock Festival.

First appearing as soloist with orchestra at age 11, Joshua Peckins has performed as soloist with the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, the Bach Consort, Manchester Summer Chamber Music, the Orchestra on the Hill, and the Wakefield Choral Society, performing concerti and solo works by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sarasate, Mozart, Bach, Haydn, Vivaldi, and John Williams. Of a recent solo appearance with the Bach Consort, the Worcester Telegram wrote, “Peckins ably nailed his solo turns, executing the ‘Polnaise’ and ‘Badinerie’ with particular brilliance.”

Mr. Peckins’ teachers include some of the legendary figures of classical violin playing. He owes his greatest gratitude to Michael Frischenschlager, former concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic, European soloist, and president of the Fritz Kreisler International Violin Competition, as well as Nicholas Kitchen of the Borromeo String Quartet, Marylou Churchill of the Boston Symphony, Syoko Aki of Yale University, Lynn Chang, Tymur Melnyk, Maria Benotti, and Trudy Larson.

Joshua Peckins is also a dedicated teacher of violin, viola and chamber music. He is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory Prep School and Extension Division, and maintains a private studio in Arlington, MA. His students have come from the United States, Japan, England, Israel, Canada, Poland, Iran, India, and China, and have ranged from beginners to conservatory level students and performing professionals. Post.Grad Vienna University of Music, MM Yale School of Music, BM New England Conservatory. Violin and Chamber Music faculty at New England Conservatory Preparatory School and Extension Division.

For more information about Joshua Peckins and this performance please visit Joshua’s website.


Past Guest Artists:

Ari & Mia (2018)
Bored of Health (2017)
Chiu-Villafranca Duo (2017)
Chelsea Basler, soprano (2017)
Evangelia Leontis, soprano (2017)
Brian Moll, piano (2017)
Stephen Porter, piano (2016)
Krista River, mezzo-soprano (2016)
Stephanie Scarcella, mezzo-soprano (2016)
Sergey Schepkin, piano (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Rasa Vitkauskaite and Shizue Sano, duo piano (2016)