Principal Flute – West Australian Symphony Orchestra; Former Principal – Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Hallé Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Australian Hometown: Adelaide
Education: Chetham’s School of Music; Royal Northern College of Music
Andrew Robert Nicholson was born in Hampshire, England in 1970. He studied with Robin Soldan, Janet Alexander, Peter Lloyd, Clare Southworth, Geoffrey Gilbert and Trevor Wye. In 1984 Andrew won the National Music for Youth Competition at the Festival Hall, and was a wind finalist in the Shell/LSO Competition. In 1985 he won a scholarship to study at Chetham’s School of Music where he regularly performed as a soloist, and was a wind finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. Andrew was awarded the Orchestral Prize on finishing at Chetham’s. He continued his musical education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was a regular soloist with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and made a concerto appearance with the London Mozart Players as winner of the Sir Malcolm Sargent Award. Whilst at College, Andrew regularly recorded and performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, under Sir Edward Downes, Rozhdestvensky, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies.
In 1992, he was appointed principal flautist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra with whom he performed regularly as a soloist. His performances included the Mozart in G Concerto, the Rodrigo Flute Concerto and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2, and made several recordings with Tan Dun and David Atherton.
Andrew returned to England in 1999 when he was appointed as principal flautist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester, under Kent Negano and Sir Mark Elder. He performed several concertos with the Halle and recorded the Nielsen Flute Concerto with Sir Mark Elder. Andrew regularly performed and toured as guest principal flautist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with Andrew Litton and Marin Alsop.
In 2002, Andrew moved to London to take up the position of principal flute with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit. Andrew recorded Mozart’s Concerto in G Major and Suite Antique with John Rutter. Andrew also worked and toured extensively as principal flute with Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the English Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields under Murray Perahia and Sir Neville Marriner. Andrew also gave master classes at several London music colleges, including the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been the outside examiner for the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music.
Andrew was appointed principal flautist of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2007 under Thierry Fischer, performing the Mozart Concerto in G and recording the Mathias flute concerto with them in 2009. Andrew continued to work and tour with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Hebrides Ensemble, the John Wilson Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields. Andrew coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the Athens Camerata and the LSO Side By Side Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared on BBC television as a panelist for the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and can be heard on various film and television recordings, including three of the Harry Potter movies, Doctor Who, and Sir David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals.
Andrew joined the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in March 2010 as principal flute. He has since given master classes in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Canberra and Adelaide, and has performed several Sunday Live solo recitals for the ABC. He has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra as principal flute under director Richard Tognetti. Andrew has also performed as a soloist with WASO, including Mozart’s Concerto in G with Verbitsky, Messiaen’s Concert a Quatre with Simone Young, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 with Laurence Jackson, Telemann’s concerto for flute and violin, Elliot Carter’s Flute Concerto, the Bach Orchestral Suite No.2, Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Marshall McGuire and Paul Daniel, and a performance of excerpts from the Bach Orchestral Suite No. 2 with principal conductor Asher Fisch. Andrew has recently mentored and performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing and coached the woodwinds of the National Youth Orchestra of Australia at their Summer Camp in Adelaide 2015 and Canberra 2016. Andrew gives master classes at the University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2016, Andrew performed with the Sydney Symphony, Queensland Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras, and recorded a programme of solo flute and piano music with Leigh Harrold. Andrew has recently become a Haynes Artist, and plays on a 14 Carat gold flute with 14 Carat gold keys.
Last updated 2018