MusiciansNicola Robinson

Nicola Robinson’s music journey began as a Year Six student when the horn was the last instrument left to choose. She and the horn clicked, and in 2022, 12 years after that fateful day, Nicola will be commencing her second year of training at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Carla Blackwood.

Brisbane-born and raised, Nicola graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU) in 2020 where she studied under the tutelage of Peter Luff, Ysolt Clark and Malcolm Stewart. Nicola was a member of the Griffith Honours College and upon commencement of her studies in 2017 was awarded a Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship.

Nicola freelances across Brisbane and is a casual musician with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra and Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra. Nicola was this year accepted into the Australian Youth Orchestra, its flagship program, and its National Music Camp.

As a mentee with Ensemble Q, Nicola has performed twice with the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School, under conductors Simone Young and Ward Stare, and in September 2020 appeared on the Melbourne (now Australian) Digital Concert Hall. She has also been invited on two occasions to be a guest broadcaster on Brisbane’s 4MBS Classic FM radio station. Nicola loves exploring less-frequently performed works for the horn and has a keen interest in performing works by Australian and female composers.

Throughout her time at university, Nicola was an active member of many chamber music ensembles including QHorns (QCGU’s horn ensemble) and was a founding member of the award-winning Anemoi Wind Quintet. She has performed frequently in the QCGU Symphony Orchestra – a particular highlight was playing Principal Horn in Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben under maestro Johannes Fritzsch. As a soloist Nicola performed the first movement of Haydn’s First Horn Concerto with the QCGU Symphony Orchestra in December 2020.

As well as performing, Nicola thoroughly enjoys teaching. Prior to her move to Melbourne, she held horn teaching positions at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and All Saints Anglican School.

Outside of horn playing, Nicola enjoys reading, writing and arranging music, cooking and eating good food, and exploring Melbourne on her bike.

Financial assistance supported by ANAM Syndicate donors - Arnis Dzedins, Merilyn and David Howorth, Elise Callander, Lee Palmer, Anna and Mark Yates

Photo by Pia Johnson

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