Nicole Canham

Nicole's professional experience is extensive and varied, including orchestral work with Opera Australia, the Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, the Canberra Chamber Orchestra, the Canberra Choral Society and for the Australian and Kiev Ballet Canberra seasons.

Versatile clarinetist Nicole Canham received her initial training at the Australian National University Institute of the Arts, obtaining a Bachelor of Music degree majoring in Clarinet Performance. In 2000 and 2002, Nicole was the recipient of grants from artsACT, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and was the winner of the Australian Music Foundation's Young Australian Musician Award, enabling her to undertake further study with Philippe Cuper, specialising in French repertoire and traditions of interpretation and performance. She obtained her Prix de Perfectionnement from the Conservatoire Nationale de Region de Versailles in June 2003.

She is a founding member of Clarity, Canberra's highly successful chamber ensemble of international reputation, performing around Australia and abroad in the UK, Belgium and France to acclaim. Concerts with Clarity have included opening an all night outback Rock concert in the Northern Territory, performing at London's famous St-Martin-in-the-Fields, and presenting concerts throughout Belgium for Jeunesses Musicales. Nicole has performed as a recitalist for the Namur Theatre, Belgium, Stopera, and the National Gallery of Australia.

Nicole Canham is featured on the following titles

A Year in Paris

Music for clarinet and piano by composers Poulenc, Carmichael, Benjamin, Cahuzac, Debussy, Stanhope, Brumby, Cahuzac and Francois. Nicole spent a year in Paris studying at the Versailles Conservatoire.

Performer: clarinet

Performing as Clarity Clarinet Quartet

Take a journey of sonority and style with Australia's unique chamber ensemble, Clarity. Celebrating 10 years of Clarity in 2006, this quartet has established itself as an entertaining, versatile and technically brilliant group. More about Clarity Clarinet Quartet

Second door on the left

What happens when you mix four dynamic performers with imaginative and unique compositional voices? Second Door on the Left: an album exploring the possibilities of the clarinet, from fragments of ancient melody to 21st century fusion.


Nicole Canham also appears on

Live for Life

The extremely popular disc from clarinettist extraordinaire Nicole Canham and accordion aficionado Anton Wurzer, is available here.


This is clarity

Take a journey of sonority and style with Australia's unique chamber ensemble, Clarity. Leave any pre-conceived notion of the clarinet at the door - Clarity explore every genre from contemporary art music to Led Zeppelin infusing their performances with energy and life.