Nils Aardahl was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and began playing the double bass at age 10 in elementary school orchestra class. He began his studies with Paul Ellison at Rice University in 2015. Nils graduated from Rice with a Bachelor’s Degree in Double Bass Performance in 2019, and is currently pursuing his Master’s at the same institution. Nils enjoys a versatile and diverse career engaging audiences with music ranging from the baroque to contemporary works. He currently maintains an active playing schedule, performing with ensembles such as the San Antonio Symphony, as well as rock, country and jazz groups throughout Texas. Nils has also attended summer music festivals including Wabass Institute for the 21st Century Bass Player and Domaine Forget.