Ingrid Nicola was born in Bucharest on 8th of August 1975 and is a violinist of ConTempo String Quartet. ConTempo became Galway’s first ensemble-in-residence in January 2003. She graduated The University of Music in Bucharest where she studied with Ladislau Csendes and Daniel Podlovschi. She continued her studies at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Royal Academy of Music in London, Accademia Chigiana in Siena, European Academy of Music in Aix-en Province,Britten -Pierce School for Advanced Music Studies in Aldeburgh and Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid with Rainer Schmidt, Siegmund Nissel, Norbert Brainin,Gunter Pichler ,Philip Setzer ,Stephanie Gonley ,Heime Muller, Christoph Poppen, Howard Davis and Hugh Maguire. Ingrid Nicola has taken her Master of Arts in Music with First Class Honours at Cork School of Music, in the academic year 2004-2005.
As a member of ConTempo, she had studied with the most celebrated string quartets of the world, such as Amadeus, Alban Berg,Tokyo, Emerson and Hagen quartets, and with musicians as Diemut Poppen, Petra Mullejans, Piero Farulli, David Takeno, Laurence Lesser, Gilbert Kalish.
Ingrid has won several competitions in Romania in addition to the international prizes s he won as a violinist of ConTempo: 1st Prize at GrosserForderpreise Competition in Munich-Germany, 1st Prize at Valentino Bucchi competition in Rome-Italy, 1st Prize at Tunnel Trust Competition in London-UK, 1st Prize at Mozart competition in Cluj-Romania, 2nd Prize at Johannes Brahms International Competition in Hamburg-Germany, Audience Prize and 3rd Prize at London String Quartet Competition in UK, 3rd Prize at Schubert und die Musik der Moderne Competition in Graz-Austria, 3rd Prize at Max Reger Competition in Weimar-Germany, The Wigmore Award and The Romanian Musical Critics Union Prize in Bucharest.
Ingrid has toured the world extensively, performing at many major international festivals in Europe, Canada, and the United States. She performed with Vellinger and Vanbrugh Quartets, Kungsbacka Piano Trio (Sweden), Emma Johnson (UK), John O’Conor (Ireland), with Garth Knox-Arditti Quartet (Paris) ,Yuko Inoue (UK),Chen Zimbalista (Israel), Garfield Jackson-Endellion quartet, Martin Outram (Maggini Quartet), Jerome Pernoo (Paris), James Lisney (UK),Gilbert Kalish (USA) and Douglas McNabney (Canada).
She worked closely with composers such Alec Roth (UK), Jane O’Leary (Ireland) and Fred Popovici-Romania. Ingrid has been teaching in Royal Academy of Music-London, gave chamber music master classes in Royal Irish Academy Of Music-Dublin, in UK(Reading and Devon) and in Ireland.
Recordings as a member of Contempo include labels and names such as Deutsche Schallplatten, BBC, RTÉ, ORF, Mezzo,TVR and TG4.
Ingrid has performed for personalities such as the Pope John Paul II at Castel Gandolfo in Italy, in 2001, in 2002 for Prince Charles in UK (the second concert at Highrove),in 2003 for Nelson Mandela, the ex-President of South Africa and EU and in 2005 for Angelica Houston and the late Merv Griffin.
As a violinist of ConTempo, Ingrid recorded the Adagio from Beethoven’s Opus 131 for the television drama “Band Of Brothers”, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, arranged the music for the silent movie “Aufgrunden”, and featured in the documentary film “ConTempo goes West” by Bob Quinn, having its launch in July 2006.