LONDON-BASED PROFESSIONAL HARPIST
Nicolette is a highly sought-after London-based harpist from Singapore. An avid solo and orchestral performer, she is twice runner-up of the Camac Harp Prize in London and won third prize at the Szeged International Harp Competition 2019. She was also the first ever Singaporean harpist to have been selected to compete at the USA International Harp competition and reached the quarterfinal. She is currently the harp fellow for the
London Philharmonic Orchestra's Foyle Future Firsts scheme for its 2022-2023 season.
Nicolette enjoys work with opera groups, orchestras, choral societies as well as experimental, contemporary, and popular music ensembles. She was selected for the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (Orchestra) in 2020. Recent groups she has performed with include the Southbank Sinfonia, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, OperaUpClose, all the various Royal Academy orchestras (including its Symphony Orchestra), under reknowned conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Oliver Knussen, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christopher Warren-Green. Notable venues in the UK include the prestigious Royal Festival Hall, St John's Smith Square and
St Martin in the Fields, to name a few.
During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, she was awarded the Skaila Kanga
Harp Prize, the Guy Magrath Harp Prize, a "Very High Commendation" for its Patrons Award,
and was a finalist in its historic Club Prize. Nicolette graduated from the RAM with a Bachelors of Music (first class honours) and the Bache Fund Prize for her outstanding results under the tutelage of Catherine White; following which she obtained a Master of Arts (Distinction), studying with former LSO co-principal harpist Karen Vaughan.
She was simultaneously awarded the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize for the top postgraduate harp result and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. From then on she obtained her Professional Diploma with Distinction, continuing study with Karen Vaughan and Suzy Willison-Kawalec (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Her studies were made possible by the generosity of the Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation (Singapore), Trailblazer Foundation (Singapore), HelpMusicians UK,
the Peter Simon Scholarship and the Rainer and Doreen Burchett Foundation.
In her spare time, Nicolette has been enjoying teaching the harp privately at her home studio in West London. She currently teaches a wide range of ages and abilities, with students playing either the lever or concert grand (pedal) harp.