Nicole van Bruggen performs with orchestras and chamber music ensembles in Europe and Australia, and is a highly respected exponent in historical clarinet, basset horn, basset clarinet and chalumeau. She is passionate about chamber music from the 18th and 19th centuries and has recorded numerous CDs presenting various research projects into this rich repertoire.

Nicole is principal clarinettist and member of the Artistic Committee for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra under the artistic direction of Richard Gill AO. She has recently returned to Australia after being based in The Netherlands for seventeen years where she was principal clarinet in many of Europe’s finest historical instrument orchestras such as Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), Barokksolistene (Norway), New Dutch Academy, and Concerto d’Amsterdam. She has performed with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Victorian Opera, The Netherlands Bach Society, Tafelmusik (Canada) and Les Musiciens du Louvre (France).

Nicole studied modern clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium following which she was awarded the Queen’s Trust Scholarship to continue her studies abroad. She consequently moved to The Netherlands where she graduated from a postgraduate degree in historical clarinet and HIP (Historically Informed Performance) at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague in 1997. Nicole has won prizes at the International Van Wassenaar Concours (2001) and the prestigious Flanders Festival Competition in Bruges (1999) and has performed for many years at the Utrecht Early Music Festival as well as other major festivals in Europe. Nicole is currently teaching historical clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium, and recently tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp.