Nils Bultmann is an exceptionally unique and eclectic musician who is extremely committed to finding and developing his own voice within the context of a wide variety of musical styles and art forms. Bultmann received his B.A. from the University of Madison-Wisconsin on a music scholarship, studying Viola Performance with Sally Chisholm as well as German Literature. He has attended master classes at the Banff and Domaine Forget festivals with Karen Tuttel, Paul Neubauer, and Roberto Diaz.
His orchestral experience include the National Repertory Orchestra, the Niedersaechsisches Jugendsinfonieorchester, the Jerusalem International Symphony, and principal for the New World Symphony. He is also an avid chamber musician, has been a member of the New World Symphony String Quartet, has studied chamber music at the San Francisco Conservatory of music and has participated in the Brevard, Hot Springs, and Kneisel Hall Chamber music programs.
More recent interest has developed for him in the realm of improvisation and composition. He has been active in collaborative projects of dance and film. Recent collaborations include performances with world musicians Sur Sudha from Nepal and multi-instrumentalist/instrument builder Ken Butler. In spring of 2003, he produced and recorded a CD compilation of his own compositions, Forgiveness, including a Solo Sonata for Viola which will be appearing in full score with review in the upcoming issue of Viola Journal. Nils has been the recipient of many awards including grants from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission for recording projects and outreach in the Madison Public Schools, the Music Omi composers residency fellowship in upstate New York, and the Djerassi artist residency for September 2005. In September 2004 he was a guest at the International Symposium for Improvised music in Munich Germany to perform two new works by jazz SaxophonistsÃ Roscoe Mitchell and Evan Parker, which was recorded and will be released by ECM records.