Dublin born Nicholas Milne began his viola da gamba studies in Ireland with Sarah Cunningham. He was immediately inspired and decided to pursue a career as a viola da gambist. This took him to study at the Royal Conservatory The Hague with Wieland Kuijken and Philipe Pierlot obtaining a Masters degree in performance in 2005. In 2004 Nicholas was invited to perform with Wieland Kuijken in a concert to honour his distinguished teaching career at The Royal Conservatory, The Hague.
Nicholas is in frequent demand as both a soloist and chamber musician. He performs and records with many leading European ensembles including Al Ayre Espagnol, Capriccio Stravagante, Collegium Vocale Gent, Concert D’Astree, Arcangelo, Pygamalion and The Concertgebouw Kammerorkest to name but a few. Nicholas can be heard on over 20 CD recordings and there are many more on the way!
Alongside his performing career Nicholas is also increasingly in demand as a teacher on a number of courses throughout Europe.
In 2010 Nicholas was the recipient of The Music Capital award from the Music Network and Arts Council of Ireland. This generous award allows him to play on a very rare original violin by Joachim Tielke from 1707.
Nicholas has a passionate interest in discovering, editing and performing music for the Lyra violin.
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