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Nicholas Olsen

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Glasgow
Nicholas Olsen is a Welsh composer at the RCS studying with Gordon McPherson. Performed by ensembles such as Ensemble Modern and Red Note.

Nicholas Olsen (b.1995) is a Welsh composer. Nicholas is currently in his third year of his undergraduate degree in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Dr. Gordon McPherson, after previously studying with Dr. Stuart MacRae. He also studied the piano with Prof. Heather Slade-Lipkin. In 2015, Nicholas was awarded second prize at the International Composition Competition “Artistes en Herbe”. Most recently Nicholas has had two new works premiered at Plug 2016. Numb, for small ensemble, was given its premiere under the baton on Tony Thatcher with the Frankfurt based Ensemble Modern. Delta U, a piece for violin and sinfonietta, was given its premiere by the Composers’ Collective at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Other recent compositions include Echoes of Empire, which was written for Red Note Ensemble, and performed at the opening night of Plug 2015 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Nicholas has had a number of collaborations including with poet Kenneth Steven for a setting of his poem Sometimes, performed aboard HMS Unicorn docked in Dundee. Works by Nicholas have been played in venues around the UK; his work O Woweth Me! A Transmografie was performed in the Recital Room of the Nicholas Olsen - ComposerGlasgow Royal Concert Hall. Other venues his works have been performed in include the Ledger Recital Room, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, the Reid Concert Hall, Edinburgh, and the Bradenstoke Hall, Vale of Glamorgan. As a conductor Nicholas has recently performed the John Cage Concert for Piano and Orchestra. Nicholas has worked as conductor for the Glasgow University Brass Band, and currently conducts the Glasgow University Law Society Choir. He conducted the premiere of his piece Second Childishness for the project Moments for the RCS’s Bridge Week 2014 and is keen to pursue more conducting projects in the near future, and studies conducting under Nigel Boddice MBE.

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Http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/music-review-plug-festival-glasgow-1-3768972, 4 years ago

‘…the gripping opening, sultry inflexions and flashes of virtuosity that gave gravitas to Nicholas Olsen’s Echoes of Empire.’ - Kenneth Walton

Http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/music/music-review-plug-festival-glasgow-1-3768972, 4 years ago

‘… a real gem… Nicholas Olsen’s evocation of timelessness in the first movement of his Echoes of Empire, which had the genuine sense of a distant past in its first movement and an appropriately-pastoral feel to its second’ - Michael Tumelty