"We Won’t Let You Down is buoyant, brimming with liveliness and syncopated movement."
- Gwen Bennet, Music Trust
"The rhythmic and passionate playing of Natalie Nicolas’s We Won’t Let You Down integrated the resilience and courage to face any challenge into the very essence of the composition. The cries of pain and suffering were like invisible bird songs."
-Rose Niland, NSW Special Features Correspondent, The Culture Concept Circle, 2018
"Celebrated charity the Hush Foundation and founder Dr Catherine Crock AM commission some of Australia’s finest musicians to create bespoke works encouraging environments of calm in children’s hospitals and beyond."
- City Recital Hall, Sydney
"“The NWCDP has taught me many, many lessons”, Nicolas says. “It instilled a sense of discipline in me that I never knew existed, and exposed me to the professional aspects of my world in the ‘business’ of being a composer that I would only ever learn otherwise through years and years of experience. I will be forever grateful for that.”"
- Justine Nguyen, Limelight Magazine
"The compositional abilities of... so-called ‘emerging’ composers are impressive; their music measures up very well alongside their more experienced colleagues, thus giving us a glimpse of some names to look out for in the future."
- Gwen Bennet, Music Trust
M. Mus (Comp) (USyd)
B.Mus (Comp) Hon (USyd)
AMEB Pianoforte/Musicology Certified
Sydney-based performer, composer, music educator and researcher Natalie, is undergoing her PhD via scholarship at the University of Sydney, and has completed her Master of Music (Composition) degree via scholarship at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the guidance of key mentors Michael Smetanin, Matthew Hindson, Anne Boyd and Moya Henderson. She was also proudly selected through her Masters, to participate in the inaugural National Women Composer's Development Program (NWCDP).
Natalie has written for renowned percussionist Claire Edwardes- director of Ensemble Offspring, the Goldner String Quartet, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, the Muses Trio, flautist Virginia Taylor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, harpist Alice Giles of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, cellist Georg Pedersen, principle violist of the TSO - Stefanie Farrands, Flinders Quartet, Justice of Paris, and many other wonderful musicians.
In 2017-2018, Natalie worked with the Hush Foundation, as a commissioned composer writing for the Australian Chamber Orchestra for the Hush '18 "Collective Wisdom" album alongside mentors Paul Stanhope and Matthew Hindson. Her piece “We Won’t Let You Down” was premiered in Sydney at City Recital Hall in September 2018, and at Melbourne Recital Hall also.
In 2013, Natalie won a place in the National Composer's Forum, establishing her love for writing for string quartet, after writing for the Australian String Quartet under the guidance of Andrew Ford. The premiere of her piece "Turning in the Widening Gyre" took place in Adelaide's Elder Hall by the incredible ASQ.
She has also had a piece premiered in Hong Kong and in Shenzhen at the Pinyin Festival and the New Music Ensemble by the ensemble 'Kollektiv Totem'. "Ephemerality" was interpreted by this wonderfully creative group in two concerts in December 2016.
In December 2017, Natalie won the Flinders Composing Competition where the Flinders Quartet premiered two of her latest string quartet pieces in Docklands, Melbourne.
ABC Classic FM will be featuring Natalie in November 2018’s ‘AusMusic Month’, and “We Won’t...” will be used in the broadcasting’s imaging throughout November.
Natalie holds a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with Honours degree (2014), also from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her most technically and conceptually challenging solo piece to date; “Rhapsodie L’Insanite” for solo piano, was premiered in Sydney by the exceptionally talented Viet-Anh Nguyen in 2014 at a concert series “Splash”, and further performed in Viet’s final recital alongside Liszt’s “Apres Une Lecture Du Dante”.
Natalie was also invited in 2017 to the Gondwana National Choral School composer school, and happily again in 2018, where she studied with Antony Pitts, director of the Song Company.
The Muses Trio, a piano trio, premiered and toured Natalie's latest work for them as part of International Womens' Day 2018 in March, starting in Byron Bay and travelling all through Australia's East Coast.
Natalie currently lectures and teaches at the University of Sydney's Conservatorium of Music, lectures and privately tutors HSC music composition in Sydney high schools, is undergoing her PhD full time via scholarship, writes music for international advertisement campaigns for institutions such as Edith Cowan University, owns/runs a piano tuition school, and performs in bands and duos around Australia in various venues/events.