Born in Auckland, he has learnt classical violin and piano since the age of 4. Working as a professional musician for the past 18 years, and as an itinerant teacher within local schools, Nick performs a range of styles of music, and in various ensembles such as chamber groups, corporate bands, acoustic duos and as a solo performer. He is most recognised for performing with an electric violin playing instrumental versions of popular songs. Nick is also a sought after session musician as he is frequently arranging and recording string parts and improvising over artists’ songs, which requires him to be versatile in different styles of playing; folk, country, jazz and classical.
Nick graduated with post-graduate honours studying Jazz Performance at the New Zealand School of Music (a conjoint between Massey and Victoria Universities) and specialises in improvisation on the violin and believes it is such a valuable tool for any musician.
Introduced through the Suzuki method because of its popularity in the 1980’s. Nick uses this method when teaching young children (but not limited to) as he also likes to devise his own original ways to approach learning techniques to reflect the learning style of a student. Throughout his childhood, Nick like many of his peers sat practical and theory examinations and competed heavily in local competitions which have been the foundation for what he does professionally as a performer. Nick believes in encouraging students to perform publicly as they learn and grow to become a confident player.