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Sydney composer, PhD candidate, and music educator Natalie Nicolas completed her Master of Music (Composition) degree under scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Nicolas is a tutor and lecturer at Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the 2021 Composer in Residence at Loreto Normanhurst, vocalist/pianist in gigs, and owns/runs a piano tuition school. She has written for artists such as the Australian String Quartet, Claire Edwardes, the Goldner String Quartet, the Muses Trio, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and others.


In 2013, Nicolas wrote for the ASQ under the guidance of Andrew Ford, as a winner of the National Composers Forum.


Nicolas was selected for the inaugural National Women Composer's Development Program in 2016-2018.


Nicolas won the prestigious Flinders Quartet Composition Competition in 2017 and 2019, and went on to receive the Flinders String Quartet ‘All That We Are’ residency.


In 2017-18, Nicolas was commissioned by the Hush Foundation, and wrote for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, premiering her piece in City Recital Hall, Sydney, and further in Melbourne Recital Centre.


In 2018, Nicolas wrote for Gondwana voices and the Song Company; that same year, the Muses Trio premiered her piece ‘Afflatus’ in an Australian tour for International Women’s Day. ABC Classic interviewed Natalie and featured her in November 2018’s ‘AusMusic Month’ and in their November imaging.


In 2020, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra commissioned Nicolas, for a piece premiering in November 2021. Nicolas also won the prestigious Harold and Gwenneth Harris Endowment for Medical Humanities Harris Award 2019/20, for her doctoral work with music and healthcare. In February 2020, she found herself featured on ABC Classic FM's 'Best of Australian Classical Music, and on the International Women’s Day ‘Women of Note’ vol. 2 album, also released by ABC Classic FM. 


In February 2021, the Southern Cross Soloists and Slava Grigoryan commissioned and premiered a new work of Nicolas’ at QPAC, to their largest audience in 26 years. Nicolas was the only female, youngest, and only premiered composer of the program. Some of her other projects for 2020/21 include collaborations with the Australian Ballet with Orchestra Victoria, and award-winning guitarist Matt Withers thanks to a generous commission by the ABC as part of their Fresh Start Fund initiative. Nicolas also won a place in the MSO Cybec competition 2021-22, and was commissioned in 2021 as a composer at the prestigious US Connecticut Summerfest, participating in and attending their festival in June.

(current as of June 2021)

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