Toronto Symphony Appoints Nicolas Richard

After several months of consideration and extensive trial weeks, Nicolas Richard has been appointed Associate Principal Bassoon for the Toronto Symphony.  Nic has been a vital contributor to the Council of Canadian Bassoonists and we all send him congratulations.  

Nicolas Richard is the new Associate Principal bassoon for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.  Previously, he was a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and had previously served as Principal Bassoon for the Niagara Symphony Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal bassoon with the National Ballet of Canada and the Windsor Symphony and has equally enjoyed performing as a substitute with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kingston Symphony Orchestra, and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra.

Beyond his orchestral pursuits, Nicolas has appeared as a soloist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa Orchestra. He won the second prize in the OSM Competition and is the first prize winner of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition, the Ottawa Symphony’s Sénécal-Mozart Prize, and the University of Ottawa’s Concerto Competition. Nicolas is a recipient of awards from the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation and the O’Brien Foundation. Nicolas has spent summers in the United States at the Music Academy of the West and the National Repertory Orchestra. In Canada, he has spent summers with the National Academy Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Canada.

Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Nicolas completed a Master of Music Degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Benjamin Kamins. He received his Bachelor of Music at the University of Ottawa, where he studied with Christopher Millard and Richard Hoenich.  In the past year he has also received extensive coaching with NACO Principal Bassoon Darren Hicks.   Away from the bassoon, he enjoys running, reading the New Yorker, and listening to opera.


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