Donald Nicolson, harpsichordist, organist and pianist

Donald Nicolson, piano

Melbourne-based harpsichordist, organist and pianist, Donald Nicolson is a prominent figure in performance and research of the music of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and continues to work on both sides of the Tasman as keyboardist for the MSO, SSO, ACO, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He has directed numerous performances from the harpsichord including the Melbourne Symphony and Australian Chamber Orchestras, and regularly teaches historically-informed performance practice at the University of Melbourne.

Donald graduated with a PhD in Musicology at the University of Melbourne in 2018, investigating societal and rhetorical elements in the keyboard preludes of Louis Couperin. Previously, he undertook postgraduate studies at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, the Netherlands studying under Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, focussing on the interpretation of the sixteenth-century English virginal music and the keyboard music of seventeenth-century France.

Donald is co-founder of ARIA-nominated Melbourne baroque trio, Latitude 37. The ensemble performs regularly at the Melbourne Recital Centre, other venues in Victoria, and undertook two Chamber Music New Zealand tours. Three CDs have been released with ABC Classics.

Donald is also a key member of Anja & Zlatna, an ensemble which examines the folk music of the Balkans and infuses it with the improvisational practices of the Baroque.  They have released two albums; Ruse Kose and Oj, Vesela Veselice!