Principal Horn, position supported by Margaret Jackson AC
Nico Fleury began his studies of Natural and French horn at the age of eight.
Upon completing his studies in his native country, France – first, in Nantes Conservatoire and later in Rueil Malmaison Conservatoire – he continued his education at the Royal College of Music under guidance of professors Timothy Brown, Timothy Jones and Sue Dent. He graduated in 2009 with distinction and The Tagore Gold Medal.
Nico has been recently appointed Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, Nico was Principal Horn in the Aurora Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and in the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra where he performed Mozart’s concerti for horn and Britten’s Serenade for Horn, Tenor and Strings broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
He appears frequently as a guest Principal Horn in numerous orchestras around the world such as the London Symphony Orchestra, The Philharmonia, The Royal Opera House, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra among many others. Nico has performed the most demanding pieces of the orchestral repertoire alongside conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
After having been appointed professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2017, Nico keeps a strong relationship with this establishment (since moving to Australia) where he regularly gives classes as an international visiting teacher.