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Nicholas Fairbank: Biography

Nicholas Fairbank
1956 -
Region: British Columbia

Nicholas Fairbank

Nicholas Fairbank was born in New Westminster in 1956, raised on Canada's west coast, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC. He divides his time between his various musical activities, and is often seen locally or further afield as a collaborative pianist, harpsichordist, organist or conductor.

Currently he is Artistic Director of the Viva Youth Choirs of Victoria and of the Via Choralis chamber choir, and Music Director of the First Unitarian Church of Victoria. He is the pipe organ instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, and is serving as Past President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

After early studies in Vancouver (piano with Michael Longton, Robert Cooper & Audrey Mallinson, pipe organ with Suzanne Gibson & Patrick Wedd) he pursued advanced musical training in London, England and Paris, France, studying organ with Christopher Herrick, Richard Popplewell and Naji Hakim. He has earned Master's degrees from the Université de Paris (Musicology & French literature), the University of California at Santa Barbara (French language and pedagogy), and the University of Victoria (Composition), as well as Associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music (gold medal winner for pipe organ, 1981), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Willan and Barker prizes 1998). His composition teachers have included Stephen Chatman and John Celona.

Mr. Fairbank's catalogue of compositions includes works for voice, piano and organ solo, and for various choral and instrumental ensembles. He is published by Mayfair Montgomery, Cypress Choral Music and the RCCO.