Nicola started to learn the violin with Maeve Broderick at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She continued as a scholarship student at the Royal College of Music with Felix Andrievsky and Gregory Zhislin. Further postgraduate studies were at the Hochschule in Vienna. She has recorded and toured extensively as a member of Deutsches Kammerakademie, European Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Chamber Orchestra Salzburg, National Symphony Orchestra and Irish Chamber Orchestra. Nicola plays a Piatellini violin dating from 1789.
Nicola is currently a member of Orfeo 55 (Paris-based chamber orchestra), Camerata Ireland and Leader of Sligo Baroque Orchestra. She is also active in fields of chamber music, studio recordings, teaching and as an examiner.