Soren Nyhus '22, Music Director

Soren Nyhus, a junior in Quincy House and a Music concentrator, is the Music Director of the Bach Society Orchestra for the 2020-2021 season. A pianist, cellist, composer, and conductor, he was a member of the Bach Society’s cello section for two years before being elected to the Music Director position. During the past year, he served as one of two Student Conductors for the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and was the Assistant Music Director for the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ production of H.M.S. Pinafore in Fall of 2019. He has studied conducting with Federico Cortese for two years and has participated in several summer programs, including the Miami Music Festival.

As a cellist, Soren is a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra and has performed with several ensembles, including Harvard College Opera and the Apollo Ensemble of Boston. He has studied cello with Kee-Hyun Kim and Paul Ross and participated in masterclasses with Alan Stepansky and Yeesun Kim. He currently studies piano with Heng-Jin Park and has studied previously with Sara Davis Buechner at the Orford Music Festival and with Yuri Funahashi. As a composer, his pieces have been performed by the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Colby College Orchestra, and other ensembles.

Soren was the winner of the A.H. Chatfield, Jr. Piano Prize and the Summer Strings Prize through the Bay Chamber Concert Series and was a finalist for two years in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition. He recently co-hosted a Bach Society Orchestra panel discussion on race in classical music featuring Isaiah Jackson, Owen Young, and Bill Neri.

Soren’s other interests include history, languages, and exploring his home state of Maine. He is looking forward to working with the wonderful musicians of the Bach Society Orchestra this upcoming season.


The Bach Society Orchestra hosts two annual competitions - the Concerto competition and the Composition competition - to promote the recognition of musical excellence at Harvard.

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