Nicolle Maniaci was born in Long Island, New York, and moved out to New Mexico with her parents in 1974. She grew up in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program while studying violin with Kathie Jarrett, and received her music degree from the University of New Mexico, studying with Leonard Felberg. She spent all of her summers studying the violin at various festivals around the country, but wanted to keep Albuquerque her home. She was a sectional coach for the Albuquerque Youth Symphony for eighteen years before retiring after the birth of her daughter.
Currently, Nicolle is the director of the string program at Bosque School and personnel manager of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. Nicolle is a member of the New Mexico Philharmonic’s (previously the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra) First Violin Section, Principal Second Violinist of The Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of the Eleganza String Quartet and Chamisa Chamber Players. She also enjoys performing with the Taos Chamber Music Festival, Chatter, Orchestra of the Duke, Santa Fe New Music, and Opera Southwest.Nicolle Maniaci makes her home in Albuquerque with her loving husband John Witiuk and two children, Joseph and Juliana.