Nicola Cleary 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 Deutsche Kammerakademie, European Chamber Orchestra, Mozart Chamber Orchestra Salzburg, National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Ireland and Orchestra of St Cecilia. She is leader of The Wexford Festival Orchestra and a member of Paris-based Orchestra Orfeo 55. Nicola has been leader of Sligo Baroque Orchestra for over three years, has performed concertos by Vivaldi, Heinichen, Mozart and Haydn with the SBO. She has been actively involved in playing and promoting chamber music including the Informal Music Afternoon series in Sligo. Nicola plays a Piatellini violin dating from 1789.