Nicholas Trygstad

Tutor in Cello


Nicholas Trygstad is a Tutor in Cello at the RNCM.

A native of Minnesota USA, he came to the UK to study at the College with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum. Upon completion of his studies he was offered the position of Principal Cello with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and soon afterwards became Principal Cello of the Hallé. He has been a Guest Principal of the Scottish Chamber, BBC Scottish Symphony, St Paul Chamber and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras and  the Orchestra of Opera North.

In addition to his orchestral career Nick plays regularly in solo recitals and chamber music collaborations around the UK, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hallé, the Orchestra of Opera North and the Northern Chamber Orchestra. 

Whilst a student he received many awards both within the UK and America, most notably the Bronze Medal in the London Symphony Orchestra competition, performing the Schumann concerto with the LSO, and the Gold Medal from the RNCM.

A passionate teacher, Nick also gives masterclasses, orchestral excerpt classes and coaches youth orchestras across the UK and Europe.


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