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Natalie Nicolas : Associate Artist

I think the ability that music has to make people feel, is the greatest power I can try and have a hand in, in my short time on this earth.

Random Audio Sample: We won't let you down : string orchestra by Natalie Nicolas, from the CD Women of Note

Photo of Natalie Nicolas

Sydney composer, PhD candidate, and educator Natalie Nicolas is a Masters holding tutor and lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (where she was a scholarship student herself), Composer in Residence at Loreto Normanhurst, a contemporary music performer, and owns/runs a piano tuition school.

Nicolas has written for the Goldner SQ, the TSO, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Claire Edwardes, the CSO, and others. Nicolas' music is emotionally driven, and she often aims to evoke calm and/or catharsis through her writing-aligning with her doctoral work that aims to use music in healthcare settings. A prime example of this is her work "We Won't Let You Down" for the ACO Collective, funded by the Hush foundation in 2018.

In 2013, Nicolas wrote for the ASQ under the guidance of Andrew Ford, as a winner of the National Composers Forum. She was selected for the inaugural National Women Composer's Development Program in 2016-2018, and in November 2018, ABC Classic interviewed/featured Natalie in their 'AusMusic Month' program.

Nicolas won the prestigious Flinders Quartet Composition Competition in 2017 and 2019, and also their 'All That We Are' residency for 2020. In 2020, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra commissioned Nicolas, and she won the Harold and Gwenneth Harris Endowment for Medical Humanities Harris Award 2019/20 for her doctoral work with music and healthcare.

In February 2020, she was featured on ABC Classic FM's 'Best of Australian Classical Music' playlist, and the International Women's Day 'Women of Note' vol. 2 album.

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. Some of her other projects for 2020/21 included collaborations with the Australian Ballet with Orchestra Victoria, and award-winning guitarist Matt Withers thanks to a generous commission by the ABC. Nicolas was also selected in 2021 as a composer at the prestigious Connecticut Summerfest, and participated in their festival in June collaborating with ZOFO. Nicolas was a winner of the MSO Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers' Program 2021, and "Union" was premiered at Hamer Hall in early 2022. She was commissioned by the Charles Perkins Centre and wrote/produced a highly acclaimed immersive string orchestra work with Ensemble Apex for their 10th anniversary and to inaugurate her new research node at the CPC "Music and Health". Nicolas will also be releasing a new album with the Hush Foundation in 2022/23.

Natalie Nicolas — current to July 2022

Studied with

Michael Smetanin (2014)

Matthew Hindson


Collaborated with

Australian Ballet


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Something from Nothing : for string chamber orchestra (2022) Commissioned by the Charles Perkins Centre for their 10th anniversary.
Digital sheet music sample Union : for orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Cybec Foundation.
Digital sheet music sample Bloom : for four hands piano (2021) Commissioned by the Connecticut Summerfest
Digital sheet music sample The Take Off : for brass ensemble (2021) Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Beyond the Mist : guitar solo (2020) Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program
Digital sheet music sample Secrets : for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano (2020) Commissioned by Southern Cross Soloists.