New Zealand Taiwanese Nicole Chao completed her Master of Music in Piano Performance with distinction at the New Zealand School of Music with American pianist, Prof. Thomas Hecht. Nicole is the laureate of numerous national and international awards and scholarships, including the North Queensland Piano and Instrumental Concerto Competition Australia; Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition; National Chamber Music Competition of the International Chamber Music School and Festival Canterbury; WestpacTrust National Chamber Music Contest; Victoria University of Wellington Graduate Awards; and the prestigious Baines Trust Scholarship.
Nicole performs as soloist and chamber musician to critical acclaim. A reviewer from the Kapiti Observer wrote that "Chao is an immaculate pianist ... she displayed great strength." One Middle C review noted that "Chao's sense of high romanticism was rewarding, producing impassioned playing towards the climax," and another praised Chao's "dazzling display of speed, agility, and clarity."
On top of a busy performing schedule as a member of Duo Enharmonics, Nicole is a dedicated teacher, fostering the next generation of pianists.