Nick Carper, Viola

Nick Carper, Principal Violist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra

Nick Carper has been praised by critics, audiences, and fellow musicians for his dynamic energy and warmth of tone.  Since joining the Spokane Symphony Orchestra in 2001, he has devoted himself to performing and teaching in the region and abroad.  

Born in Spokane, Nick holds degrees from Columbus State and Butler Universities, where he studied with violists Manuel Diaz and Csaba Erdélyi. Mr. Carper has performed widely throughout the U.S. in various capacities, as principal, chamber musician, and soloist.  As principal and section player he has performed with the Eugene, Columbus, Macon, La Grange, and Muncie Symphony Orchestras and the Marion Philharmonic.  He has been Principal Violist of the Ash Lawn Opera Festival, and has regularly participated in performances of Spokane Opera and the Northwest Bach Festival.  Recently Nick has been a repeat guest Principal Violist of the 2010 American Prize-winning Lancaster Festival Orchestra.

Nick lives in Spokane with his wife, Spokane Symphony violinist Rachel Dorfman, and their two cats, Jack and Mario. Proud parents of two-year-old Leda, Nick and Rachel are expecting their second child in November.