Niccolo Seligmann brings together old instruments and new practices, uniting gut strings with lines of code. He performs on over twenty historical and traditional instruments from around the world, and designs his own software instruments. His upcoming album, Kinship, uses viola da gamba improvisation to express multispecies resistance to extractive capitalism. You can also hear him perform on viola da gamba, medieval fiddle, and more on the soundtracks of the PC game Civilization VI and the 2017 feature film Papillon. Niccolo is an Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore Music Center, as well as a member of ensembles Alkemie, The Broken Consort, Hesperus, Wherligig, and others. He has toured across North America and Europe, including performances at the Kennedy Center, in a bustling plaza in Nogales, Mexico, and inside a 2000-year-old Northern Californian redwood tree. Minerva: Times Change, a community opera Niccolo co-wrote with George Frideric Handel, premiered in 2019 in Richmond, VA. Niccolo coached the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2016-2018, and continues a bicoastal private teaching studio. He holds a degree in viola da gamba performance from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently apprentice to master luthier Ken Koons, and is learning how to grow food without chemical pesticides using strategic companion planting.
Photo: © Margot Schulman 2019