Nicolette is one of the leading Singaporean harpists of her generation, having performed internationally and around the UK. An avid solo performer, she is twice runner-up of the Camac Harp Prize in London and won third prize at the Szeged International Harp Competition 2019. During her studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where she has been the first Singaporean harpist to be awarded a place, she has been 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. She was also the first ever Singaporean harpist to have been selected to compete at the USA International Harp competition and reached the quarterfinal.
Other recent notable achievements include a recital in Hong Kong for the Focus on Youth concert series at the World Harp Congress, reaching the final of the 2018 Sir Karl Jenkins Award (in association with Classic FM), winning the 2nd prize of the Asian Harp Chamber Competition (2016) and performing the Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto in C Major with the Kent Philharmonic in 2018.
In addition to solo playing, 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 )2020 and was a reserve with the London Philharmonic Orchestra Foyle Future Firsts Scheme (2019-2020). Orchestras she has performed with include the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, all the various Royal Academy orchestras (including its Symphony Orchestra) and the Saffron Opera Group, under reknowned conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Edward Gardner, Oliver Knussen, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Christopher Warren-Green.
Throughout her years of studying the harp Nicolette has also been lucky enough to participate in many masterclasses including those with Catrin Finch, Isabelle Perrin, Isabelle Moretti, Milda Agazarian, Sylvain Blassel, Maria Luisa Rayan-Forero, Karen Vaughan, Sasha Boldachev, Gabriella Dal’Olio, Florence Sitruk, Anne Sophie-Bertrand, Lavinia Meijir, Elinor Bennett and Sioned Williams.
A great interest in contemporary & experimental music has lead Nicolette to co-found the 4|12 Ensemble, alongside her fellow RAM colleagues. Recent engagements include reaching the final of Nonclassical's Battle of the Bands; being featured on composer Alex Hills' recent album (Carrier Records); concerts at The Crypt, The Others and the Angela Burgess Recital Hall; and an opening set at Kammer-Klang (Cafe Oto).
Nicolette graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with a Bachelors of Music (first class honours), studying with Catherine White, and the Bache Fund Prize for her outstanding results. She then went on to pursue a one-year Master of Arts (Distinction) with former LSO co-principal harpist Karen Vaughan at the same institution, where she graduated with the Gladys Aitken Award, the Renata Scheffel-Stein Harp Prize for the top postgraduate harp result and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital. From then on, she also obtained her Professional Diploma with Distinction, continuing study with Karen Vaughan and Suzy Willison (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).
Nicolette is very grateful for the generous support she received for her studies from the Loke Cheng-Kim Foundation (Singapore), Trailblazer Foundation (Singapore), HelpMusicians UK, the Peter Simon Scholarship and the Rainer and Doreen Burchett Foundation.