Nicholas was born in Hertfordshire and began learning the violin at the age of eight.

Whilst still at school he performed regularly at major London venues and broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in their Young Music Makers series. Following a period of study with Felix Andrievsky he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Carmel Kaine.

During this period he won an English Speaking Union Scholarship to the Yale University Summer School in Connecticut, USA. The following year, with awards from the Countess of Munster Trust, Martin Fund and the Royal Society of Arts, Nicholas commenced two years study at the Juilliard School, New York with the legendary Dorothy DeLay.

Nicholas has appeared throughout Britain, Europe and the United States including performances at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, St. John’s Smiths Square, London and Alice Tully Hall, New York. He has broadcast on Danish, Spanish and Dutch radio as well as live on BBC Radio 3 from the Bath International Music Festival.

He is a founding member of the Pirasti Piano Trio, which has achieved widespread critical acclaim. Their CD series of British Trios for ASV has been described as ‘absolutely incandescent’ (The Strad). They gave the first broadcast performance of the Rebecca Clarke trio in Holland as well as the world premiere of a trio by Gustav Holst at the Wigmore Hall.

Prior to his appointment in 1990 as a professor at the Academy, he taught at the Yehudi Menuhin School. Menuhin himself said, ‘I have admired the teaching I have seen you do and the results you have obtained as well as the quality of playing which you have inspired.’
Nicholas pursues an active career teaching, performing and freelancing based in London.