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Nick Mooney, French Horn

Nick is an Australian-Austrian horn player and currently the principal horn of the Flanders Symphony Orchestra.

Born in Sydney, Nick began playing the horn at the age of nine and after migrating with his family to Singapore as a teenager, he studied the horn with Jamie Hersch and Marc-Antoine Robillard of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. After returning to Sydney, Nick completed a commerce degree whilst concurrently studying privately with Rachel Silver of the Sydney Symphony. Upon finishing his Commerce degree Nick went on to study a postgraduate diploma in Music Performance with David Thompson at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Nick then moved to London to join the Southbank Sinfonia training programme in 2016.

Aside from his regular position in the Flanders Symphony Orchestra, Nick has maintained a busy freelance career in the UK, including regular engagements as guest principal with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Nick has also enjoyed trials with the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

With several of these orchestras Nick has spent time in the recording studios and can be heard on many records for Deutsche Grammaphon, Decca, and Universal Music.

As a chamber musician and Nick has relished collaboration with the Allegri Quartet, Marryat players of London, and members of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. As a soloist Nick has enjoyed performances of the Schumann Konzertstuck at the Anghiari festival, as well as the Strauss 1st horn concerto with the Southbank Sinfonia.