Having graduated from the masterclass of the great Hungarian teacher Bela Katona at Trinity College of Music, Nic joined the first violins of the Northern Sinfonia in 1980. He left in 1988 in order to pursue a wider range of musical interests and activities.

During his time in Newcastle-upon-Tyne Nic formed a string quartet, which most notably performed Ginastera’s String Quartet no.1 with Northern Dance Theatre on Tyne Tees TV; and Terzetto, a trio for two violins and viola which recorded the Rhapsody by Frank Bridge for BBC Radio 3.

Since 1988 Nic has had a wealth of experience both orchestrally and in chamber music.

He is co-leader of sinfonia ViVA (formerly East of England Orchestra) and with them has performed Baroque double concertos with Peter Cropper and the double concertos of Schnittke and Malcolm Arnold. He is frequently called upon to lead.

He was co-leader of the English String Orchestra from 1988 until 1992 and appeared with them as soloist in Bach and Mozart violin concertos as well as leading and solo-directing for a number of concerts.

Nic was leader of the Orchestra of the Swan in its early years and at various times has been a guest leader with many orchestras including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Welsh Chamber Orchestra and Northern Chamber Orchestra.