Nicholas Tomkin was born in Melbourne and studied viola at the Victorian College of the Arts.  While studying he toured nationally and internationally with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra.

Nicholas continued his studies in Vienna, Austria and completed a Diploma at the Vienna Hochschule für Musik with Thomas Kakuska of the Alban Berg Quartet.  He also took regular chamber music lessons with Eric Höbart of Quatuor Mosaïques and master classes with Ilse Wincor of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Whilst studying in Austria Nicholas performed regularly with orchestras such as the Vienna Volksoper Orchestra and the ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna.  Activities included concerts, broadcasts and international tours. Nicholas performed with the Haydn Akademie Vienna, presenting the complete cycle of Haydn’s symphonies.  This included concert tours throughout Japan.

Nicholas moved to Brisbane in 1997 to take up a permanent position in the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This appointment has involved both sectional and leadership work including acting Principal and Associate Principal roles on occasion.

He has been a return participant at the Pacific Music Festival in Japan working with inspiring conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Christoph Eschenbach. His time at the festival included performances at the anniversary concerts of both the 10th and 20th year celebrations. He has enjoyed regular invitations to perform and record with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra participating in their tours of Korea and Japan.

Nicholas has a special interest in authentic performance practice and is a member of the Badinerie Players on baroque viola.