Originally from Sydney, Nicole performs throughout the world as a highly respected exponent in historical clarinet, basset horn, basset clarinet and chalumeau. Nicole is principal clarinettist, co-artistic director and general manager for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra. She has performed as principal clarinet in many of Europe and Australia’s finest historical instrument orchestras such as Concerto Copenhagen, Barokksolistene in Norway, New Dutch Academy, the Polish Arte dei Suonatori, Netherlands Bach Society and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. She has also performed with Tafelmusik from Canada and Les Musiciens du Louvre, and has appeared on many occasions at the acclaimed Utrecht Early Music Festival.

In addition to her performing career, Nicole is committed to music education, particularly associated with historically informed performance (HIP). She regularly facilitates education projects in schools and tertiary institutions and participates in seminars and roundtable events as a specialist in HIP and arts management.

Together with Rachael Beesley, Nicole co-presents the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s education series Voyage of Musical
and co-directs the Young Mannheim Symphonists youth orchestra training program in Sydney and Melbourne. She recently
tutored at the Australian Youth Orchestra’s National Music Camp and Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ Summer School.

Nicole studied modern clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium and was awarded a Queen’s Trust Scholarship to continue her studies abroad. She moved to The Netherlands where she gained a postgraduate degree in historical clarinet and historically informed performance at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague in 1997. Nicole has won
awards from the International Van Wassenaar Concours and the prestigious Flanders Festival Competition in Bruges.

She returned to Australia in 2012 with her husband and two children after living in The Netherlands for 17 years, and now lives on the Sunshine Coast.

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