Harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Donald Nicolson is quickly establishing himself as an important part of the young Antipodean Early Music movement. Donald undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatorium in the Hague, the Netherlands studying under Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, focussing especially on the interpretation of the 16th Century English Virginal music and the keyboard music of 17th Century France. In Europe, Donald was member of many ensembles, with varied concert programmes taking him through Holland, Belgium, France, Germany and Poland.
Since returning to New Zealand in 2007, Donald’s activities continue to expand, with special regard both to early music performance practice, on harpsichord and organ, and also contemporary repertoire as pianist and harpsichordist.
Now based in Melbourne, Donald continues to work on both sides of the Tasman as keyboardist for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Associate Keyboard Principal of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and appeared as guest artist on harpsichord with the Vector Wellington Orchestra in November 2010.
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