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Leanne Nicholls, oboeLeanne Nicholls, principal oboe

Founder, Artistic Director and Principal Oboist of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Leanne Nicholls has been involved in performing, teaching and promoting classical music in Hong Kong for over 20 years. She studied oboe in Australia with Czech oboe virtuoso Jiri Tancibudek and in Germany with Hans Elhorst, and graduated with a Bachelor Degree in music with a First Class Honours in performance from The University of Adelaide. She is the recipient of many awards and prizes including the First Prize at the Adelaide Eisteddfod Non-Keyboard Concerto Competition. Throughout her career she has performed on a professional basis with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, the State Opera Orchestra of South Australia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Macao Orchestra and from 1993 to 1999 she was a member of the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. In addition to solo, chamber and orchestral playing, Leanne studied voice on a scholarship prize at the University of Adelaide and was a member of the RTHK Singers. When not performing, Leanne enjoys teaching oboe and presenting programmes for RTHK Radio 4. She has also served as a member of the advisory board for RTHK Radio 4. Since 1999 Leanne has devoted her time to the development of the City Chamber Orchesra 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.

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