Erin Nolan

Meet Erin

Erin Nolan leads the selection of artists and repertoire for the national broadcast of From the Top’s NPR radio show. Erin received the majority of her training as a musician in Europe, having grown up in Italy and England. Although she traveled to the States for university studies, as a performer, Erin has worked primarily as a chamber and orchestral musician in London, England, having performed and toured extensively as a violist in the English Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. As a chamber musician, Erin trained with the Guarneri, Juilliard, and Cleveland String Quartets, and in 2004, performed in four Carnegie Hall performances with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.

In 2011, Ms. Nolan began working at From the Top, supporting both the scholarship and the production departments. In her current role, Erin shares the passion of the organization to encourage and celebrate classical music in the hands of young musicians, and to provide the young performers with the opportunity to reach their potential.

Select Notable Performances

  • As a chamber musician, Erin has performed in the Tanglewood Music Festival, at the La Jolla SummerFest, at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival, and at the Banff Music Festival. As a chamber musician, Erin has also given performances in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, NY; Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood, MA; Symphony Hall, Beirut, Lebanon; St. John’s Smith Square, London, UK; The Purcell Room, London, UK; and the Holywell Room, Oxford, UK.
  • As a violist in the English Chamber Orchestra for four years, Erin toured throughout Europe, in the Middle East, and in Asia; performing in many of the major concert halls.
  • From 2006-2010, Erin performed regularly as a violist in the BBC Symphony Orchestra. This involved participating in many recordings, additional touring in Europe, as well as performing in the Royal Albert Hall multiple times as part of the BBC Proms Summer Festival in London, UK. She has performed under conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis, Simon Rattle, James Conlon, Seiji Ozawa, Valery Gergiev, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and James Levine.