Nicolas Fleury – horn


Nico Fleury began his studies of Natural and French horn at the age of eight. 

Upon completing his studies in his native country, France - in Nantes Conservatoire and later in Rueil-Malmaison Conservatoire (Paris) - he continued his education at the Royal College of Music, London, under guidance of Professors Timothy Brown, Timothy Jones and Sue Dent. He graduated in 2009 with distinction and The Tagore Gold Medal. He received that medal from the hands of Prince Charles.

Nico is currently Principal Horn of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Prior to that, Nico was Principal Horn in the Aurora Orchestra (2010-2019), the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2017-2019) and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (2013-2017) where he performed Mozart's concerti for horn and Britten's serenade for tenor, horn and strings, all of which were broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 

He appears frequently as a guest Principal Horn in numerous orchestras around the world such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Utah Symphony Orchestra among many others. Nico has performed the most demanding pieces of the orchestral repertoire alongside conductors such as Sir Andrew Davis, Charles Dutoit, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner and Sir John Elliot Gardiner. Nico is also a passionate chamber musician and is regularly invited to many International Music Festivals around the world including the Australian Chamber Music Festival, the Highgate Chamber Music Festival (London, UK) and the Horten Kammermusikkfest (Norway). 

In 2021, Nico toured Australia with Musica Viva starring in the Mozart and Brahms horn trios with Emily Sun (violin) and Amir Farid (piano).

Nico has, for Deutsche Gramophone, recorded the entire works of Leonard Bernstein for brass with the soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Having been appointed professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London in 2017, Nico keeps teaching as a priority. He regularly gives classes and masterclasses around the world, including the Royal College of Music (London), the Melbourne Conservatorium and the Australian National Academy of Music.

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