Assistant Principal Cello, position supported by Anonymous
Nicholas began his music studies on piano aged 7 and took up the cello two years later. Throughout his school years he pursued a widely varied range of musical styles. After leaving school Nicholas concentrated on cello, studying with Janis Laurs at the University of Adelaide where he completed a Bachelor of Music with honours. Nicholas then spent two years with Stefan Popov at the Guildhall School of Music, London.
In 1995 he returned to Australia to take up the position of Artist in Residence at Queensland University as part of the contemporary music ensemble Perihelion. During this time he forged a strong reputation as an exponent of new music and has had several works commissioned for him.
In 1998, Nicholas joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Principal cellist. In addition to his work with the orchestra, Nicholas has been in demand as both a chamber musician and a teacher. He was a principal instrumental teacher at the Australian National Academy of Music from 2004 – 2009.
In 2009 Nicholas was awarded the Dame Roma Mitchell Churchill Fellowship to travel to the UK to study the use of improvisation in teaching classical musicians. He also spent time exploring the London Symphony Orchestra’s iconic Discovery program.
In 2011 Nicholas appeared as a soloist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in performances of Dvorak’s cello concerto, and in 2012 appeared at the Adelaide Festival in a concert for solo cello and electronics. In 2016 Nicholas was awarded a Fellowship at ANAM to develop and present educational concerts and since then has presented educational concerts for ANAM, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.