has been a concerto soloist with many of the world’s leading orchestras,
working under conductors such as Edward Gardner, Sakari Oramo, Roger
Norrington, Jiri Belohlavek, Mark Wigglesworth, James MacMillan and Mark Elder.
In addition to his experience in Baroque music, he has premiered works by
composers including Harrison Birtwistle, Henri Dutilleux, Thea Musgrave, John
Tavener, James MacMillan and Michael Tippett. His
recording of oboe concertos by Vaughan Williams and MacMillan was awarded the
BBC Music Magazine Premiere Award in 2016.
He is oboist with Britten Sinfonia and
Artistic Director of the Leicester International Festival. He teaches in the UK
and in Germany, where is he Professor of Oboe at the Musikhochschule,
He made his conducting debut at the 2004
BBC Proms with Britten Sinfonia. He has conducted many projects with the
orchestra over 20 years, including many new works, and recently conducted
orchestras in Finland and Norway.
An active chamber musician, Nicholas is a
founder member of the Haffner Wind Ensemble and the Britten Oboe Quartet, whose
debut disc is released on the Harmonia Mundi label. He also regularly works
with pianist Charles Owen and with the Vogler and
Carducci String Quartets.