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A lawyer by training, Nicholas graduated from the University of Exeter with LL.B. (Hons) in 1999 and from Trinity Hall, Cambridge, with LL.M. (Hons) in 2000. He is currently reading for the Bar in London and is a member of Lincoln's Inn, from whom he received both the Tancred and Hardwicke Scholarships.
Nicholas' primary instrument is the piano and he received his first lessons at the age of 5. Between 1992 and 1996 he was trained by Isobel Claire and Godfrey Plummer- two of this country's most respected piano teachers- from whom he gained an appreciation for both romantic and contemporary Russian music. In 1997 he received a Diploma from the Royal College of Music and won the Wilhelm Dörfer Amateur Piano Competition in Hannover, with a performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C-minor, Op. 18.
Additionally, Nicholas is an accomplished oboist and cor anglais player and holds guest chairs with: The London Shostakovich and Northern Symphony Orchestras. As a conductor Nicholas was appointed the co-conductor West Cambridge Symphony Orchestra in January 2000 and also holds the position of Principal Conductor with the Northern Symphonia, a position he has held since 1998.
Nicholas retains a full diary of musical commitments both as conductor, concerto and chamber performer and soloist. He is currently preparing for tours of: the U.S.A. in July 2001 with the Northern Symphonia; Italy in September 2001 with the Poulenc Ensemble and a solo tour of Denmark and Sweden in December 2001. He is a keen promoter of contemporary music- particularly from Europe and Russia- and, in November 2000, released a recording of Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Orchestra of Ulster. In 2002, Nicholas will also give the world premier performance of a concerto commission by the Danish composer Hans Peter Ulrikson, with whom he has worked since 1997, at a concert in Helsinki to mark the 45th Anniversary of the death of Jean Sibelius.[an error occurred while processing this directive]