Nicholas Hersh

Nicholas Hersh continues to earn acclaim for his innovative programming and a natural ability to connect with musicians and audiences alike. As Associate Conductor of the BSO, Hersh has expanded the reach of orchestral music in the mid-Atlantic region—most notably through BSO Pulse, a concert series that brings together indie bands and orchestral musicians in unique collaborations.

After stepping in to replace an indisposed Yan Pascal Tortelier to great acclaim, Hersh appears regularly with the National Symphony Orchestra in concerts throughout Washington, D.C. Other guest conducting appearances include the Houston Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. He earned a Bachelor of Music from Stanford University and a Master of Music Degree in conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, studying with David Effron and Arthur Fagen. In 2011 and 2012, he was a Conducting Fellow with the prestigious Aspen Conducting Academy at Aspen Music Festival and School, studying with mentors Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, and Larry Rachleff, and has participated in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Thomas. Hersh is also a two-time recipient of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

Hersh is frequently in demand as an arranger and orchestrator, taking on anything from classical solo and chamber music to popular songs—adapting them for orchestra in an idiosyncratic, playable style. His symphonic arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody continues to see worldwide success as a viral YouTube hit, and he has had his work performed by orchestras around the globe.

Hersh lives in Baltimore with his wife Caitlin and their two cats, and in his free time enjoys baking (and eating) sourdough bread.