Violinist Nicole Monahan joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra in April 1995. She previously served as assistant principal second violinist of the Charleston Symphony. Before that she was principal second violinist of the Norfolk Chamber Consort, assistant concertmaster of the La Jolla Summerfest Chamber Orchestra, and concertmaster of the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. Monahan has performed as soloist with the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, University of Indiana Symphony Orchestra, Bellflower Symphony Orchestra, and Brentwood-Westwood Symphony Orchestra. Recital and chamber music performances have included Lincoln Center, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest Rising Young Stars Series, and Focus! Festival in New York. She has also appeared on National Public Radio, Entertainment Tonight, ABC-TV's “20/20,” “Donahue,” and “Eye on Chicago.” Monahan studied at the Juilliard School in New York; her teachers included Cho-Liang Lin, Robert Lipsett, and Roland Vamos. She is the recipient of several awards, including first prize in both the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Bellflower Young Performers Competition, and an award at the International Carl Nielsen Competition in Denmark. She has four daughters.