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Nils Bultmann is a violist, improviser, and composer based in the San Francisco bay area. Rooted in classical technique and tradition, he has developed his own voice within the context of a wide variety of musical styles and art forms. Active as a performer in the United States and Europe, he plays both classical repertoire as well as his own compositions. He is also an advocate for the works of other composers and is involved in collaborative projects of dance, video, and avant-garde improvised music. He has generated an expansive body of work in the recording studio, including solo and multi-track viola music as well as collaborative and improvised musical textures. He also writes through-composed works for traditional instrumentation including solo pieces, string quartets, and orchestral music.
Nils has been the recipient of many awards including creative residencies at Music Omi, the Djerassi Resident Artist Program and the Ucross Foundation. He has received grants from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, the Madison Arts Commission (Signature Arts Grant), the American Composers Forum, and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. He was also awarded the Hertz traveling fellowship for travel to France, and was Composer in Residence with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra's Under Construction program in 2012.
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