A native of England, Nicholas’s engagements as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician have taken him to most of the major concert halls in Europe, Asia and North America. He has performed concertos with many orchestras including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Oman Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He made his solo orchestral debut with the York Guildhall Orchestra, playing the Dvorak Romanze, which was recorded for BBC Radio 3. Nicholas is a keen chamber musician and regularly takes part in series such as the Ribble Valley Festival and in venues including LSO St Lukes. He has collaborated with renowned artists such as Martin Roscoe and Simon Wright, performing a wide repertoire ranging from Handel to John Adams.
As an orchestral musician Nicholas has worked with many of today’s leading conductors including Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev and Mstislav Rostropovich. He has worked extensively with the major chamber and symphony orchestras in London, including the English Chamber and London Philharmonic Orchestras. He performs regularly as guest concertmaster with orchestras such as the Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Concert and Ulster Orchestras. In 2003 he was made the youngest member of the London Symphony Orchestra where he held the first violin sub-principal position. He will take up the post of Assistant Concertmaster with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in 2012.
Nicholas received his training as a scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, studying initially with Prof. Itzhak Rashkovsky and later with Prof. Rodney Friend. In addition to winning prizes at the Royal College, Nicholas has been generously supported by grants from the Martin Musical Fund, the Craxton Memorial Fund and the Royal Overseas League. This has enabled him to study abroad with many eminent musicians including Ruggiero Ricci and Gil Shaham. Nicholas enjoys teaching and has given many masterclasses in the United Kingdom and USA. He is currently on the faculty of the Vancouver Academy of Music. Nicholas plays on a violin from 1758 by Januarius Gagliano.
Anne Shih is the Professor of Violin, Musikhochschule in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. Formerly, Professor of Violin, Oberlin Conservatory and the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Last assistant of Josef Gingold, her mentor at Indiana University where she earned both her BM and MM ( Honours). Co-founder of the Wisconsin Virtuosi Artist Series in the USA. Artistic Director of Norfolk Concerts UK, Casalmaggiore International Festival and the Mainzer Virtuosi. Board Member of MING Connection Mainz e.V. Teaches and performs at numerous international Festivals, including the International Beethovenfest in Bonn, Casalmaggiore International Festival, Euro and Auer Festivals. Masterclasses throughout Europe, Asia and North America. International jurist. Performances on violin and piano throughout Europe (including Wigmore Hall), North America and the Far East. International jurist. Performs on a 1711 Guarnerius Joseph filius Andreae violin, also known as the ex -Wurlitzer.