Heralded as “highly virtuosic” (The Saxophonist) and “a saxophonist in command of his instrument, with no shortage of hues in his playing” (Dr. Bob Fuson II), saxophonist Nicholas May is sought after as a highly expressive, intuitive performer. Nicholas is quickly garnering attention for his compelling programs comprising transcriptions of works written originally for the violin. Additionally, he has won top prizes in national and international solo competitions.
Nicholas maintains a regular touring schedule, appearing recurrently as a guest artist and recitalist for national and international audiences. He has been a featured soloist with the Arapahoe Philharmonic Orchestra (as winner of the T. Gordon Parks Concerto Competition), the Classical Saxophone Project, Omaha Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, and UNL's Wind Ensemble. Performance highlights include collaborations with such artists as The Chiara String Quartet, Ellen Sommer, Javier Oviedo, Gregor Hübner, and the Classical Beat festival held in Germany. Nicholas has recorded for Albany Records (Tone Studies: the Saxophone Music of David Maslanka) and is also featured on the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Jazz Orchestra’s album, The Good Life. He additional is preparing a 2021 release with Orpheus Classical in collaboration with pianist, Maya Tuylieva.
Nicholas is the alto saxophonist and co-founder of The TCBSQ, a saxophone quartet committed to sharing the beauty and majesty of the saxophone with the listening public. Known for their vibrant and colorful sounds, they have delighted audiences throughout the country with programs that demonstrate both mastery and musical accessibility to the listener.
Committed to the empowerment of musicians and artists of all kinds, Nicholas is a passionate saxophone pedagogue, chamber music coach, consultant, and speaker. He has given masterclasses and run workshops at the University of Hawaii - Manoa, University of Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State University, Pacific Lutheran University, Pittsburg State University, among others. Nicholas holds degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (B.M.) and the University of Kansas (M.M.), He has studied privately with clarinetist, Dr. Robert Walzel, saxophonists Harvey Pittel and Matt Otto, and Rebecca Fischer, former first violinist of the Chiara String Quartet. Additionally, his writing has been published in The Saxophonist Magazine, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors Journal, and on his own website: nicholasmaysaxophone.com
Nicholas is a Silverstein Works Pro Team Artist.