During his military service in the Heeresmusikkorps 7 in Düsseldorf Nick received his first bass trombone, the start of a deep love affair with really low brass that continues today. The instrument took him to London where he received tuition from many great teachers, including Robert Hughes (formerly LSO) at the Royal Academy of Music. During this time he won the nationwide audition for the "Young Musician's Symphony Orchestra" as well as the Concerto Competition at Royal Holloway College. The latter allowed him to perform Alexei Lebedev's "Concerto in One Movement" with orchestra.

 

Then came a great adventure: an exchange year to the "University of Ottawa", Canada's capital city, where teacher Douglas Burden inspired him through the heritage of the great North American brass tradition. Only walking distance from the "National Arts Centre Orchestra", Nick was able to attend many great concerts with his teacher on Bass Trombone, Pinchas Zukerman conducting or performing in front! By the year's end he made it onto the stage, singing in Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem".

 

After receiving a First Class with Honours in London, Nick turned down several prestigious scholarship positions in the U.K. in order to move to the Netherlands to study with the Bass Trombone legend Ben van Dijk. After deepening his classical roots, he turned his studies further towards Jazz with Martin van den Berg, Bart and Erik van Lier and Ilja Reijngoud. Due to a long term injury Nick also studied the Tuba with Hendrik Jan-Renes of the "Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra." In 2012 Nick performed with two of the greatest Jazz ensembles in the country, the "Metropole Orchestra" and "Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw." 

 

In 2013 Nick returned to his hometown Mönchengladbach, Germany, and learnt to play the Trumpet, Euphonium and other valve instruments. He also began to work as a conductor with Big Bands and Brass Ensembles, attending regular seminars. The same year he played tuba with the "Golden Horn Brass Quintet", during their week as "Artists in Residence" at the "Italian Brass Week." During their well received concert, he shared the stage with virtuosi Rex Richardson (USA) and Luca Benucci (IT). 

 

He has performed locally with the "Grand Central Orchestra" (Cologne) and the "Notabu neue Musik" ensemble in Düsseldorf's Tonhalle, playing Contrabass Trombone for the world premiere of Oskar Gottlieb Blarr's "Der Siebte Engel." In addition to a large pool of brass and piano students, Nick conducts Mönchengladbach's "Posaunenchor" since 2014 with great joy and success.

Nick Sholl

Musician, Teacher, Conductor