Nicholas Olsen is a prize-winning Welsh composer living in Glasgow. Nicholas has worked with a number of internationally renowned ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Modern. His music has been performed around the UK in venues including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, BBC Hoddinott Hall, and the Reid Concert Hall among others.
Nicholas Olsen (b.1995) is a Scottish-based Welsh composer.
Nicholas is currently a doctoral researcher at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire exploring referential composition under the supervision of Joe Cutler, Ed Bennett, and Christopher Dingle. In 2017, Nicholas graduated with a first-class honours degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he studied with Gordon McPherson and Stuart MacRae.
Nicholas was awarded the Principal’s Prize for All Round Excellence in the School of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and in 2015, he was awarded the second prize at the International Composition Competition “Artistes en Herbe”.
He has had other tuition, masterclasses, and workshops with composers including James MacMillan, Richard Ayres, Rory Boyle, and Alisdair Nicolson. During his time at the RCS, he also studied the piano with Heather Slade-Lipkin.
Nicholas has worked with a number of internationally renowned ensembles and conductors and has taken part in a number of exciting opportunities across the UK. These projects have included performances and collaborations with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Who Wakes You Up and Taking the 71), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (Coordinates), BBC National Orchestra of Wales (A Shade or Two Darker), Ensemble Modern (Numb), Glasgow New Music Expedition (Cloudmine), Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus and Junior Chorus (Taliesin and Singing Into Being), and Red Note Ensemble (Echoes of Empire).
Nicholas has also taken part in a number of composition schemes including the Adopt A Composer scheme (Three Carriages) in partnership with Making Music, Sound and Music, and BBC Radio 3, the Psappha Composing For scheme (Ridley’s Party) with Ben Hudson, and the RSNO Composers’ Hub Scheme.
In addition to his work as a composer, Nicholas is a committed educator and has tutored composition in a variety of contexts, including at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Composition Summer School, and at the United World College of the Atlantic. Nicholas is a lecturer at the RCS Junior Conservatoire in Musicianship and has lectured Music Theory on the RCS BA Musical Theatre programme.
Nicholas also has considerable experience as a copyist and further information about this work is available on his website.