Andrew Nicholson was born in Hampshire, England in 1970. He began to play the flute at the age of eight and studied with Robin Soldan, Janet Alexander, Peter Lloyd, Clare Southworth, Geoffrey Gilbert and Trevor Wye.
In 1985 he won a scholarship to study at Chethams School of Music then continued his musical education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he was a regular soloist with the RNCM Chamber Orchestra and made a concerto appearance with the London Mozart Players as winner of the Malcolm Sargent Award. Whilst at College, Andrew regularly recorded and performed with the B.B.C. Philharmonic Orchestra.
In 1992, he was appointed principal flautist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. His solo performances included the Mozart in G concerto, the Rodrigo flute concerto and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.2.
Andrew returned to England in 1999 when he was appointed as principal flautist with the Halle Orchestra in Manchester. He performed several concertos with the Halle and recorded the Nielsen Flute Concerto with Sir Mark Elder. Andrew regularly performed and toured as guest principal flautist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
In 2002, Andrew moved to London to take up the position of principal flautist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and recorded Mozart’s Concerto in G Major and Suite Antique with John Rutter. Andrew also worked and toured with the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the LPO, the English Chamber Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Andrew also gave master classes at several London music colleges, including the Royal Academy, the Royal College and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has been the outside examiner for the GSMD and the RNCM.
Andrew was appointed principal flute of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2007, and continued to work and tour with the London Symphony Orchestra, the LPO, the LSO, the Hebrides Ensemble and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Andrew has coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, the Athens Camerata and the LSO Side By Side Scheme at the Royal Academy of Music. He appeared on BBC television as a panelist for the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition and can be heard on various films and television, including three of the Harry Potter movies, Doctor Who, and David Attenborough’s The Blue Planet and The Life of Mammals.
Andrew joined WASO –Australia— in March 2010 as principal flute. He has recently given master classes in Sydney and several live recital performances for the ABC National radio. He has performed with ACO in Melbourne and at the Opera House in Sydney, and has given master classes at ANAM. Andrew lectures at the University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.