Nicole, from Irish-Basque heritage, is an international, prize winning, concert violinist. She is Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Royal College of Music where she is completing her PhD as an RCM Studenship holder. Nicole is also Head of Strings at Westminster City School and Visiting Professor at Virgo Fidelis. She is a recording artist, creator and author, with publications and short documentaries on The Strad Magazine, Puentes and La Revista. As an example of her interest in joining research with performance, she was invited to give a Lecture-Recital for Pablo Sarasate's Anniversary in Pamplona, Spain.
Nicole perform worldwide, with performance and tours that include Abu Dhabi, Germany, Italy, Spain and Ireland. She has also performed in all major venues in the UK, with regular performance at The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Opera House and Barbican in London. She has performed live for BBC Radio3 (InTune), National Irish Radio and ClassicFm in various occasions, including the first ever broadcast for pets in collaboration with Battersea Dogs Home.
Nicole's career has brought her into Abbey Road Studios and Air studios, where she has been involved in various film, tv and theatre soundtracks. Credits include: Yellowstone, The Two Popes, Alien Covenant, Assassin’s Creed, Power Rangers, The Smurfs, Ugly Dolls.
Nicole has been principal of various chamber ensembles and regularly performs with orchestras such as London Contemporary Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera House, playing under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Semyon Bichkov and Trevor Pinnock to name a few. As a diverse performer Nicole has also been onstage in London´s West End at the Dominion and Playhouse theatres for Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance. Dangerous Games. She has also performed alongside celebrities such as Andrea Bocelli, Kylie Minogue, actor Henry Goodman and Jill Freud (Lady Freud).
Among the many concerts Nicole has played she has had the privilege of performing at the Opera Theatre Arriaga (Bilbao) before King Philip & Leticia of Spain (Rey Felipe VI de España) and for the President of the Basque Country on various occasions. Nicole played in Brompton‘s Oratory (London) before the Ambassador of Spain and she was also engaged with the London performance for the ten year anniversary of Wikipedia’s world celebration. She has performed for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DOFE) and was presented an award for her contributions to music at ISH by HRH Princess Anne.
Previous to her successful career, Nicole graduated at 16 from the Conservatorio de Leioa where she studied violin with Professor Antonio Mendia. An inquisitive mind, the same year she also obtained the highest Honours in Sciences from the International Baccalaureate DP. In 2009 she went on to be the 1st prize winner in the Euskadi Young Musicians competition. She then was awarded a scholarship by The Cultural Department of the Diputación Foral de Bizkaia for her BMus Degree at The Royal Academy of Music, University of London, where she obtained First Class Honours in Violin, Piano, Conducting and Business and Music Management. Sponsored by the BBVA, Nicole was awarded a British-Spanish Society Grant which enabled her to study her Masters Degree in Performance at the same institution. Her studies were also kindly supported by The Helen Worswick Scholarship ,The Stephen Bell Trust and the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation. During her studies Nicole received masterclasses from distinguished and most renewed violinists including Tasmin Little, Aleksander Pavlovic, Thomas Brandis, Ara Malikian, Silvia Markovici, Zakhar Bron and Maxim Vengerov.
Apart from her busy concert schedule, Nicole co-operates with the Concordia Foundation, whose aim is to build bridges of friendship and excellence through music and the arts; visits to schools and charity events are an important part of her life. She has often worked with Save the Children Foundation, Cancer Research and Macmillan Cancer support. Nicole has also been involved in events such as the GPO Dublin Christmas Charity Performances and events at St Johns Hospice for staff and patients.
An avid lover of chamber music she co-founded the chamber groups Arensky String Quartet and Salieri Piano Trio.