Nicola Loud

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Nicola Loud
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Loud performing on a cruise ship
Background information
Born 1975 (age 42–43)
Occupation(s) Violinist
Years active 1990–present
Labels EMI Classics

Nicola Loud (born 1975) is a British violinist who, in 1990 at the age of 15, became BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Early life and career[edit]

She studied at the Royal Academy of Music with her principal tutor György Pauk who described her as: "Very musical, with fantastic flair and presence - one of the most talented British violinists I had ever come across.".

From London she went to study in New York City with Cho-Liang Lin at the Juilliard School of Music. Loud has performed as a soloist with most of the major UK orchestras and also performs chamber music. She now performs extensively on cruise ships with a repertoire which includes classical, jazz, country, folk, and film music.

In 2003, Nicola Loud was awarded an ARAM by the Royal Academy of Music in London and in 2008 became a television presenter for the BBC, co-hosting the concerto final of BBC Young Musician of the Year in Cardiff. As a past winner, she was also featured in a documentary celebrating 30 years of the competition, and provided the commentary for the Eurovision Young Musicians 2008 program on BBC Four.

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, she married Rupert Allason, who writes about espionage under the pen name Nigel West.[1]


  1. ^ Walker, Tim (26 July 2012). "Spy author Rupert Allason seduces Loud musician". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 November 2016. 

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