Nicola Boud

Born in the isolated city of Perth, Australia, Nicola obtained her Bachelor of Music with first class honors from the University of Western Australia in 1999, and was awarded the Edith Cowan Prize for performance and musicology. During her studies Nicola began to play with the Australian Chamber Orchestra on modern and historical clarinet. Her curiosity in early music took her to the Netherlands, where she completed her Masters in historical performance at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague with Eric Hoeprich in 2004.

Now based in Europe, Nicola tours and records extensively, and is in demand as principal clarinet with various orchestras and ensembles including l’Orchestre des Champs Elysees (Ph.Herreweghe), Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique (J.E.Gardiner), Concerto Copenhagen (LU Mortensen), Pygmalion (R.Pichon)Les Musiciens du Prince (C.Bartoli) Anima Eterna (Jos van Immerseel) Le Cercle de l’Harmonie (J.Rhorer) Le Concert Spirituel (H.Niquet) Freiburger Barockorchester...
With these ensembles she has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Naïve, ABC Classics, Etcetera, Passacaille, Phi, Virgin Classics, Fuga Libera, Decca, Erato...
Nicola is also an active chamber musician, regularly performing with the pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, and the Cambini and Edding Quartets, and has performed at many prestigious festivals including Edinburgh, Saintes, Bruges, Utrecht, Accademia delle Crete Senesi , Amsterdam Concertgebouw Robeco Zomerconcerten and Wigmore Hall.  She recorded the Mozart clarinet quintet with the Edding Quartet for the label Passacaille to critical acclaim, and the Schubert Octet with Edding Quartet/ Northernlight for the label Phi.  

In 2009 she performed the Mozart concerto at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris directed by Jeremie Rhorer, and at the festivals of Lessay, and Athens. In 2013 she again performed the Mozart concerto with the Orchestre des Champs Élysées for their tour of Asia, as well as at the Festival de Saintes, and the following year with Concerto Copenhagen directed by Lars Ulrik Mortensen. She teaches at the Abbaye aux Dames in Saintes and the University of Poitiers France for the Formation Superieure, a masters degree specializing in late classical and romantic repertoire, as well as being a guest teacher at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen , Handel –Akademie in Karlsruhe, Amsterdam Conservatorium and the Yong Siew Toh Conservatorium in Singapore.