Nicole Tait


Section Principal Bassoon – Queensland Symphony Orchestra;

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

Nicole grew up in Perth, Western Australia.  It was there that she was first introduced to musical instruments, beginning with the piano at 8, before continuing with the bassoon at 13.  She completed her Bachelor of Music degree with First Class Honours from the University of Western Australia, where she had the fortune of studying under the tutelage of professional bassoonist and conductor, Peter Moore.

Later, in 1999, Nicole studied with the highly respected Matthew Wilkie at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main, made possible by a German Government Scholarship.  Whilst overseas, Nicole regularly performed and toured with the Ensemble Modern, Deutscher Kammer Philharmonie and Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 

Since flying back to Australia, Nicole has held the position of Section Principal Bassoon with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) since 2002.  Throughout her wonderful career, Nicole has freelanced with many of Australia’s major orchestras, including Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Nicole is extremely passionate about teaching and chamber music.  She currently teaches bassoon at two private, secondary schools in Brisbane, and The University of Queensland; sharing her love of her instrument is something that she delights in.  Additionally, Nicole is the co-founder of the chamber ensemble, Elements, whose focus in on commissioning Australian works.  They are currently an ensemble-in-residence at The University of Queensland.

Besides teaching and chamber music, Nicole is passionate about baking, indoor plants and her chickens.

Last updated 2022