Nicolette Moonen grew up in Amsterdam bilingually, in a Dutch-French musical family – which later encouraged her to learn the main European languages. In 1992 she moved to live in London. Her taste in music has been shaped by a love of languages, and she is passionate about the connection between language and music. She has a special affinity for French music.
In 1996 Nicolette founded The Bach Players of which she is the artistic director. The group has a regular concert series in London and Norwich and has performed all over the UK, Ireland, and in continental Europe. Their concert programmes paint pictures of musical issues and themes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe. In 2008 the ensemble started to make recordings of these programmes. So far six CDs have been released on the Hyphen Press Music label. More information can be found at www.thebachplayers.org.uk.
She teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has directed the baroque orchestra at Dartington since 1998.
Nicolette studied with Jaap Schröder and Sigiswald Kuyken and has played with most British and other European baroque orchestras (Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, among many). She has been invited to lead ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Gent, La Chapelle Royale, Ex Cathedra, the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and English Touring Opera.