Andrew studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Since the age of 22, Andrew has held principal flute positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under David Atherton, the Halle Orchestra under Kent Negano and Sir Mark Elder, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and François-Xavier Roth and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, under Paul Daniel and Asher Fisch.
He has regularly appeared as guest principal flautist with the LSO, the LPO, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Malaysia Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Chamber, Guangzhou Symphony, Auckland Symphony, Athens Camerata, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, English Chamber, Hebrides Ensemble, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian World Orchestra.
Andrew gives masterclasses at WAAPA and UWA, and has given masterclasses in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy and Royal Colleges of Music), Manchester (RNCM, Chetham’s), Belgium, Poland, New York, Australian National Academy of Music, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Sydney. Andrew has coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, Australian World Youth Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Andrew Nicholson is a Global Ambassador for Trevor James Flutes, and plays on a Recital ST-3 Trevor James flute, with the British Flute Makers Guild head joint option.