Leanne Nicholls

Principal Oboe

Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Leanne Nicholls was born in Australia has been involved in performing, teaching and promoting classical music in Hong Kong since the 1990s. She studied oboe in Australia with Czech oboe virtuoso Jiří Tancibudek and in Germany with Hans Elhorst and graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree with First Class Honours from the University of Adelaide. She is the recipient of many awards and prizes including First Prize at the Adelaide Eisteddfod Non-Keyboard Concerto Competition. From the age of eighteen she has performed professionally with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the State Opera Orchestra of South Australia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and the Macao Orchestra. From 1993 to 1999 she was a core member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In addition to solo, chamber and orchestral performances on oboe, Leanne Nicholls studied voice on a scholarship prize at the University of Adelaide and performed as a member of the RTHK Singers. She also enjoys teaching oboe and hosting Morning Call for RTHK Radio 4. Since 1999 Leanne has devoted her time to the development of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong. In 2009 she was awarded a commendation certificate by the Secretary for Home Affairs of the Hong Kong SAR Government for her outstanding contribution to the development of arts and cultural activities.

"The solo oboe passage by Leanne Nicholls was very gentle and warm." Tina Fu, International Association of Theatre Critics (2018) 

"Soloist Leanne Nicholls’ creamy tone blended beautifully to create delicate, melancholy dissonances." South China Morning Post (2017) 

"Leanne Nicholls' oboe was perfect in both tone and technique, making the orchestra-only portion of the concert equally attractive!" Hong Kong Economic Journal (2016) 

"Stealing the show, however, was Leanne Nicholls as the elusive Miss Orb the Spider, who plays the eight missing oboe notes. She proves her vocal strength in her solo" South China Morning Post (2015) 

"Cast in the role of Miss Orb the Spider, Leanne Nicholls made a special impression as she spun the eight notes from her spider web, and displayed a variety of talents" Hong Kong Economic Journal (2015) 

"Leanne Nicholls' fine oboe solo contributions" South China Morning Post (2010) 

"I was particularly impressed by Leanne Nicholls' oboe solo performance in Astor Piazzolla's famous piece Oblivion." The Map (2010) 

"A galaxy of stars of the oboe played. A simple lullaby was a particularly touching moment exquisitely played by Leanne Nicholls" The Adelaide Advertiser (2004) 

"Leanne Nicholls (nee: Chesson) played the Martinu oboe concerto with agility and feeling" The Adelaide Advertiser (1988) 

"Leanne Nicholls (nee: Chesson) displayed a fine feel for Ravel's expression and style, creating a sometimes menacing, always thrilling atmosphere" The Adelaide Review (1987)


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