Nicole Wendl is a violinist, educator, and administrator who is actively performing and leading in the Northeast United States. Performing most recently in the greater Boston area, she is the Associate Concertmaster of the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Opera Neo Festival Orchestra, and plays in sections of the Cape Symphony, New Bedford Symphony, and Brockton Symphony orchestras.
As a chamber musician, Nicole is a member of the Portsmouth Symphony String Quartet, who performs most often in the Portsmouth community with thematic programming that brings people together for more than just a concert-hall experience. Previously, as a founding member of Giannini String Quartet, she earned several mentions in competition and performed throughout the United States and Europe.
Nicole currently holds the position of Director of Education and Programming at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (BUTI) and uses her position in the organization to help lead the field of classical music toward an exciting future of innovation, inclusion, and celebration.
Nicole Wendl and partner, Molly Castrucci co-founded Lumino Festival, a week-long retreat for professional and pre-professional musicians that centers creativity and connection over the “business” of the field. Lumino is a symbol of her belief that stepping away from the urgency of the freelance life is often necessary to cultivate the space where inspiration most thrives, and that this inspiration is the very foundation of life, community, and art.
Nicole is a woman of many skills and experiences and brings a strong mind and heart to the performance, operation, administration, support, and teaching of the arts as life. Away from the stage and office, she enjoys cooking delicious food, reading insightful literature, being outdoors, and hosting sight reading soirees.