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Nicholas Pike started his music career at the age of seven when he auditioned for and got into the prestigious Canterbury Choir School in England. There, aside from singing in the choir, he was required to learn two instruments one of which had to be the piano. Nicholas chose the flute as his primary instrument.Read More...
After two years the family moved to South Africa where he continued his music studies eventually becoming Head Chorister at St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town and later as a teenager subbed for the flute chairs with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. During these teen years he also became involved with HAMMAK, one of South Africa's best known bands. This lead to a world of composing and playing music from R&R to improvisational jazz.
After finishing high school Nicholas came to the US to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in composition. During the subsequent years in Boston and New York he wrote for and played flute with various bands whose members included Bill Frisell, Billy Hart, Hank Roberts, Bill Connors, Nana Vasconcelos and Kenny Werner among others.
In 1985 he recorded a suite with the London Symphony Orchestra that he had originally written for a proposed film version of "Master Harold And The Boys" by playwright Athol Fugard. This recording lead to scoring his first movie entitled "Graveyard Shift" in 1986 and his subsequent move to Los Angeles where he is continuing to score films as well as high profile TV and music videos.