Nicola Bell is an Australian oboist who has been living and working in Europe since 2010. After completing her Bachelor with first class Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and participating in programs by the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, she continued her studies in Gothenburg and Lyon, supported by grants from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Adlerbertska Stipendium. Nicola went on to complete her Master of Music at the Munich School of Music and Theatre with Prof. François Leleux in 2013. During this time, she had the privilege to learn from many other notable oboists, including Maurice Bourgue, Jacques Tys, David Walter, Dominik Wollenweber, Gregor Witt, Thomas Indermühle and Diana Doherty.
From January 2015 Nicola held the position of Principal Oboe with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Neeme Järvi, followed by a contract as Alternating Principal Oboe with the Finnish National Opera. Nicola has also appeared as guest principal oboe with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Norrköpping and Gävle Symphony Orchestras in Sweden, Tampere Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Orchestras in Finland, and at the Telavi International Music Festival, Georgia in 2014, having played previously with the Georgian Sinfonietta and Georgian National Philharmonic. In Germany, she is regularly invited to perform with orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, Braunschweig Theatre Orchestra, WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt and the Württemberg Chamber Philharmonic Heidenheim. In Australia she has performed as guest Principal Oboe with the Opera Australia Orchestra and Western Australia Symphony Orchestra. She has worked with renowned conductors including Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Herbert Blomstedt, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Xian Zhang, Francois Xavier Roth, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Thomas Sondergard, Leif Segerstam and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
As a chamber musician Nicola collaborated with the New Theatre Ensemble in Tallinn from 2015-2016 as part of the Tallinn Chamber Music Festival and the Estonian Concert Elite Series, as well as with the Munich Winds from 2014-2015.