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 and organist, conductor, or singer (as the baritone in the vocal ensemble Hexaphone). Mr. Fairbank is currently Artistic Director of the Viva Youth Choirs of Victoria, and of the Via Choralis chamber choir. He is on the keyboard and theory faculties of the Victoria Conservatory of Music, is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and is currently 2nd Vice-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.