Nicola was born in Scotland in 1987 and began violin lessons at the age of 5. In 1997 she entered the Yehudi Menuhin School, where she studied with Natasha Boyarskaya. She left in 2002 and since has been studying privately with Maciej Rakowski.
While at the school Nicola performed as a soloist in venues including the Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls. In 1998 she was a soloist in Bachís Double Concerto under Menuhin, and performed the slow movement of the same work at Lord Menhuinís Memorial Service in Westminster Abbey on 3 June 1999. In 1999 Nicola performed in the presence of HRH Prince Edward at the anniversary celebrations of the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland at Holyrood Palace; she played to the Prince again in 2001 when she performed a concerto with the London Mozart Players at St Jamesís Palace. Since then she has performed with the Scotti
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