May 27th - 29th

Galway Early Music Festival

Musica et Scientia

Ingrid Nicola

Artist Biography

Ingrid Nicola is the violinist/founding member of ConTempo Quartet, a celebrated string quartet that has become RTE's Quartet in Residence (Ireland's National Television and Radio Broadcaster) in 2014 and has been Galway's Ensemble in Residence since 2003.

Ingrid is also a founding member of Duo ConTe, a recent recipient of a residency at the Irish Cultural Institute in Paris.

On the 16th of January 2022, Ingrid received the title of “Knight” from the President of Romania, Klaus- Werner Johannis, for her cultural contribution on the international artistic scene.

Ingrid became a Board Member and an Artistic Director of Luminosa orchestra, a professional permanent orchestra in Galway, in 2018. Ingrid has won 14 International Prizes in Chamber Music Competitions-1 st Prize at Grosser Forderpreise Competition in Munich-Germany,1st Prize at Valentino Bucchi competition in Rome-Italy, 1 st Prize at Tunnel Trust Competition in London-UK, 1st Prize at Mozart competition in Cluj-Romania, 2 nd Prize at Johannes Brahms International Competition in Hamburg-Germany, Audience Prize and 3 rd Prize at London String Quartet Competition in UK, 3rd Prize at Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz-Austria, 3 rd Prize at Max Reger Competition in Weimar-Germany, The Wigmore Award and The Romanian Musical Critics Union Prize in Bucharest. She has performed over 2000 concerts around the world in 42 countries. 

Ingrid graduated from the University of Music in Bucharest where she studied with Daniel Podlovschi and Ladislau Csendes. She continued her studies at various residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Royal Academy of Music in London, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, European Academy of Music in Aix en-Provence, Britten - Pierce School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeburgh and Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Rainer Schmidt, Siegmund Nissel, Norb ert Brainin, Gunter Pichler, Philip Setzer, Stephanie Gonley, Heime Muller, Chris toph Poppen, Howard Davis and Hugh Maguire. Ingrid received her Master of Arts in Music with First Class Honors at Cork School of Music, in 2005.

In 2015 Ingrid was awarded a Diploma in Child Psychology (O.A.DIP). On the 10th of June 2016 Ingrid was awarded a Degree of Doctor of Music by the National University of Ireland (NUIG).

Ingrid has been holding chamber music workshops at the Royal Academy of Music/Dublin, at the Royal Academy of Music in London (1999-2002), Gedai University of Music Tokyo/Japan, DIT ,Cork School of Music and Limerick School of Music.

Since September 2018 Ingrid is a conductor of Galway Youth Orchestra and also a conductor of Sinfonia Orchestra (Maynooth’s NUI) along conductors Andrew Synnott and Karen Ni Bhroin. Starting in September 2019, Ingrid became a teacher of Music Generation Galway.

Ingrid is committed to premiere new works. She has premiered more than 50 works of world composers and Irish composers (in collaboration with CMC, RTE and GMR, in Composing the Island 2017-2018, Finding a Voice 2018- 2020, Music and Musing series and New Music Dublin 2014-2019) Ingrid has collaborated in many arts participation performances, combining music performance with poetry, visual arts, painting, film, dance or circus)

Ingrid became an Irish Citizen in 2011. She immersed herself into Irish culture, collaborating with and recording Irish traditional music with Mairtin O’Connor, Garry O’Brien, Cathal Haydn, producing together the CD “Spiccato Junction” described as a “whirling flurry of reel and hora”.

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