Nicole Crespo O'Donoghue

From Irish-Basque heritage, Nicole studied violin in the Conservatorio de Leioa with profesor Antonio Mendia. In 2009  she was the 1st prize winner in the Euskadi Young Musicians competition. 
Sponsored by the BBVA
, Nicole was awarded an Anglo-Spanish Society grant which enabled her to study a Masters Degree in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK. under the tutelage of Professor Mateja Marinkovic.Her studies were also kindly supported by The Helen Worswick Scholarhsip, The Stephen Bell Trust and the St. Marylebone Educational Foundation.She was also previously awarded a schoalship by the Diputacion Foral de Bizkaia for her BMus Performance studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Nicole plays on a violin "Pietro Antonio Dalla Costa" (Treviso, 1.762)
 graciously on loan from the museum of the Royal Academy of Music.

Nicole has played under the baton of Sir SImon Rattle, Sir Mark Elder, Christian Thielemann, Semyon Bichkov and Trevor Pinnock. She has performed in The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Queen's Hall and Cadogan Hall (London) and has played with the English National Ballet and Royal Liverpool Philharmoni Orchestra.

She has received Master Classes from distinguished and most renowned violinists including Tasmin Little, Jack Liebeck, Aleksander Pavlovic, Thomas Brandis, SIlvia Markovici, Zakhar Bron and Maxim Vengerov

Among the many concerts Nicole has played she has had the privilege of performing at the Opera Theatre Arriaga (Bilbao) before King Philip and Queen Leticia of Spain
and for the President of the Basque Country on various ocassions. Nicole played in Brompton's Oratory (London) before the Ambassador of Spain (Through her cooperation with the Anglo-Spanish society). She was also engaged with the London performance for Wikipedia's world 10th annyversary, has played for the Duke of Edinburgh awards (DOFE) and has had the privilege of performing for HRH Princess Anne when she was given an award for her musical contributions to ISH. She was on tour as soloist with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and has played with other orchestras such as EYPO.
Nicole has played at many charity events including a series of performances at the historically famous GPO building in Dublin, in St Johns Hospice and at events for Cancer Research
and Save the Children Foundation.

An avid lover of chamber music she co-founded the chamber groups Arensky String Quartet and the Salieri Piano Trio and has an extensive repertoire of string worls for duos, trios and quartets.

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