Nicola Loud (born 1975) is a British violinist who, in 1990 at the age of 15, became BBC Young Musician of the Year.
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 2012, she married Rupert Allason, who writes about espionage under the pen name Nigel West.