Nicole Tait


Section Principal Bassoon – Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Australian Hometown(s): Perth & Brisbane
Education: University of Western Australia; Hochschule für Musik

Nicole has been Section Principal Bassoon of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra since 2002. She grew up in Perth, Western Australia beginning her musical studies on piano at the age of 8 and continued with bassoon age 13. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia where she studied with Peter Moore. Nicole also completed a one year diploma with Matthew Wilkie at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, made possible by a German Government Scholarship (DAAD).

Before obtaining her position in the QSO Nicole freelanced extensively, playing with all the major orchestras in Australia. Whilst overseas Nicole had the good fortune of performing and touring with Ensemble Modern, the Deutscher Kammer Philharmonie and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Nicole is passionate about chamber music and has a keen interest in engaging more closely with her audience in this setting. She is a founding member of a Brisbane based wind trio, Ensemble Trivium. Receiving two grants last year enabled the group to commission five pieces from five Brisbane composers – Rob Davidson (Topology), John Parker (Trichotomy), Rafael Karlen, Steve Newcombe and Thomas Greene. The premier performance was held in Brisbane, December 2017.

When Nicole is not playing the bassoon or making reeds she is spending time with her family. Her hobbies include making transforming origami and baking cakes with her sons.

Last updated 2018