When you have a natural talent and passion, turn it into your life's work -- Nicole Wilson certainly has. But when simply playing her music didn't feel like it was fulfilling her destiny, she sought other ways to incorporate it into her life; Enter, Musical Orbit, a company she founded to connect people to the best classical musicians in the world through online lessons and master classes. Read on to learn about Nicole's many ventures in music and the impact it has on her life.
Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
I'm a professional violinist and I've recently started a company, Musical Orbit, which offers online lessons, coaching and masterclasses with top professional musicians. We've just started branching out, working with specialist music schools and conservatoires, providing english speaking schools abroad specialist music tuition, enabling their kids to reach far higher standards than they would normally thanks to the range and expertise of our professors.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
1) Playing my violin on the film sound tracks for Star Wars and Harry Potter.
2) Jacking in the safest and well paid job in the music world, leaving for nothing, but knowing that until I left the comfort of the golden hand cuffs I would never find my true vocation - which I've now done!
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I've always played the violin, music has been in my life from the word go; with professional musicians as parents, as children we all played. A career in music seemed the most normal thing in the world and I was lucky enough to get some amazing jobs in the orchestral world quite early on in my career but I knew it wasn't my destiny, I knew it was just a very wonderful stepping stone in what has proved to be a fantastically varied life. I then went on to present classical concerts for the BBC on TV and had my own series on Classic FM Radio, talking about music and the wonderful people who make it. But I was really interested in behind the scenes and so I became a fixer for TV and film soundtracks - booking orchestras and ensembles for composers. It was an incredible experience and I learnt a phenomenal amount but realized that ultimately I wanted to work for myself.
Due to the range of work I've done in the classical music world and the multitude of different orchestras I've worked with, I know a crazy number of the most talented and focused individuals you'll ever meet and I have constantly come across people who, for various reasons, are desperate to learn with them. But due to their hectic schedules, jet setting round the world, it proves extremely difficult to pin them down for a lesson. And so I came up with the idea of getting us all together to offer online lessons/coaching sessions to those who couldn't get to us in person.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Changing people's dreams and ambitions by enabling them to learn an instrument/to a standard that they never thought possible.
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
To make music globally much more accessible and to raise the standards of people learning everywhere so they enjoy music to it's full potential.
What is your morning ritual?
1) Get my kids up, help them with their piano practice and reading, breakfast, take them to school, run home, shower.
2) Coffee with my husband - then we go to our offices (upstairs at home!) where I can hear the beautiful Big Band music he writes next door all day as I work at my computer... How lucky am I?!
What is one thing you couldn’t live without?
My Tempur/memory foam mattress - bliss!
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Energy... I don't always have it, but I can summon it up when I need to.
What does success look like to you?
Working with wonderful people and having the freedom to pay someone else to do my accounts...
What is the best career advice you ever received?
Never look back. Nothing is a mistake, just an experience.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I've only just joined Ellevate but my accountability partner Liza recommended joining to me. She is such a positive ray in my life- I love talking to her. It's lovely and informal and we bat so many ideas about, she's a very helpful person.
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I'm a professional violinist (ex London Symphony Orchestra) and my website links anyone, anywhere in the world with professional musicians through online, live lessons. Our Orbit is growing every day with more and more professional musicians joining us. We are expanding into the Jazz world and musicians from USA and Australia as well as Europe are now joining our roster. Whether you're preparing for an exam, concert or audition, you can have your own one-to-one lesson... Continue Reading
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