Australian born Nicola Boud is one of the most sought after historical clarinet players of her generation. Based in Europe, she tours and records extensively, and is in demand as principal clarinet with many orchestras and ensembles including l’Orchestre des Champs Elysees, Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, and Ensemble Pygmalion.
An active chamber musician she performs with the pianist Kristian Bezuidenhout, Ensemble Marsyas, the Cambini Quartet and the Edding Quartet (with whom she recorded the Mozart Quintet for the label Etcetera to critical acclaim) and has played at many prestigious festivals and venues such as Edinburgh, Saintes, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Wigmore Hall. As soloist she has performed in Europe and Asia with the Orchestre des Champs Elysees, The Academy of Ancient Music and Concerto Copenhagen. She performs on a large collection of original and replica clarinets, dating from the early 18th-century chalumeau to the early 20th-century clarinets.