Curriculum Vitae


One of Canada’s most versatile percussionists, Nicholas Coulter enjoys a career as varied as the many instruments he plays. He has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet of Canada, New Music Toronto, the Esprit Orchestra, Vancouver New Music, and Ballet British Columbia. He was a principal percussionist for the Toronto productions of the hit Broadway musical “Hairspray,” the world premiere production of the stage adaptation of “The Lord of the Rings,” and was personally chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen for the smash hit Mirvish Production of "We Will Rock You." He has had the great pleasure to work closely with such modern visionaries as Pierre Boulez and George Crumb. Nominated for a Jessie Award for his compositions for children’s theatre, Nicholas has toured extensively with the Mortal Coil Performance Society, a dance/theatre company performing across Canada and the United States. Nicholas holds from the University of Victoria and University of British Columbia. He lives in Toronto.

Performance Highlights

2011, Spring: principal percussionist for the Mirvish production of "The Secret Garden"
2010, Fall/Winter:
principal percussionist for the Mirvish production of "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: The Musical."
2010, Summer:
Timpanist and percussionist for the Dancap production of "Miss Saigon," Four Seasons Centre for the Arts.
2010, Summer: substitute percussionist for "Kiss Me Kate," and "Evita" (Both percussion books) at the Stratford Festival
2009, Fall:
principal percussionist for the Mirvish production of "The Boys in the Photograph."
2009, Spring – Fall:
substitute percussionist for the Mirvish production of "The Sound of Music."
2007, Spring – Summer, 2009:
principal percussionist for the Mirvish production of "We Will Rock You."
2006, Spring-Winter: principal timpanist and percussionist for the Zaentz/Mirvish stage adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings," Toronto (World Premiere)
2005 – 2008: performer and facilitator for the Drum Cafe, and interactive entertainment company.
2004, Spring-Winter: principal percussionist for the Mirvish production of "Hairspray," Toronto
2003, Winter: Substitute percussionist for the Mirvish production of "The Lion King," Toronto
2005, Spring: Performances in Montreal for the Montreal International New Music Festival with both the Esprit Orchestra and New Music Concerts
2005, Spring: Performances with Continuum as part of the Oreille Fine Symposium, Royal Ontario Museum
2003, Spring: performance with the Ottawa Bach Choir
2003, Winter: substitute with National Ballet Orchestra
2003 – present: contract work for Windsor Symphony Orchestra
2002, Fall: New Music Concerts Toronto with Pierre Boulez
1995 - 2003: contract work with Vancouver New Music Society
2000 - 2003: 1st call percussion for Vancouver New Music Society
1995 - 2003: contract work for Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Founding Member of 4 Gallon Drum, a Vancouver-based percussion quartet
Past Member of the Turning Point Ensemble, Owen Underhill and Jeremy Berkman, co-Artistic Directors
2000 - present: performances with Ballet British Columbia
(Tango Zero Hour, The Faerie Queen, Orpheus)
1998 - 2003: Repertoire development, composition, sound design, touring and performing with Mortal Coil Performance Society (composer, musician, actor) (Carrie Nimmo, Artistic Director)
1998, summer: Percussionist for Zurich, 1916, opera by Christopher Butterfield, presented at the Banff Centre for the Arts. (also onstage percussion role)
1993 - 2002: touring and performing with Percussionwerks (Bob Caldwell, Director) an educational percussion performance for children

Coulter Hargrove Duo

2011, Summer: Mainstage performance of "The Mark of Zorro," at the Elora Festival, Elora, ON
September, 2006:
Performance of The Mark of Zorro at Leaside Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON
April, 2006: Performance of The Mark of Zorro, Barrie Concert Association, Barrie, ON
October 2005: Performance in Freeport, Long Island New York – Two Marimbas and Strings
September 2005: CD release of Theme and Evolutions, a cd of our arrangements of Baroque music for two marimbas
August 2004, July, 2003: Performances of The Mark of Zorro and The Iron Mask, two silent films with live accompaniment arranged by Coulter-Hargrove, Jackson-Triggs Winery Estate, Niagara-on-the-Lake (contracted by Marquis Entertainment)
November 2004, February 2003: CBC Glenn Gould Studio performances for Music Around Us
October, 2004: Performance of The Mark of Zorro at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON
October, 1997: Tour to Seoul, Korea, 5 performances for Yes-All InternationalSeptember, 1996: CD Release of Reinventions, a CD of music arranged for two marimbas arranged by Nicholas Coulter and Graham Hargrove.
Selected CBC RADIO programs featuring Reinventions:
Disc Drive:  Host: Jurgen Gothe (various broadcast times)
That Time of Night:  Host:  Marjorie Doyle, Francesca Swann (various broadcast times)
Pearls of Wisdom: Host:  David Wisdom (various broadcast times)
Music and Company


Nicholas Coulter and Graham Hargrove: Theme and Evolutions, 2005
Michael Sweeney: Mozart and Well Beyond, with the Seiler Strings, 2004
Chor Leoni: Magnificat, Diane Loomer, Director, 1999
The Smalls: My Dear Little Angle, 1999
Nicholas Coulter and Graham Hargrove: Reinventions, 1996
David Jaffe with Andrew Schloss: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, 1996


1992 - present: Private music instruction.
1992 - present: Percussion clinician and ensemble coach
mid-1990s: Percussion instructor, St. Georges School, Vancouver BC
1992-1997: Percussion instructor, Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music


Banff Centre for the Arts: Long Term Residency, Fall 1997, Music and Sound.
University of British Columbia: M.Mus in Performance, 1997.
University of Victoria: B.Mus in Performance with Honours, 1995.


Salvador Ferreras · Robert Caldwell · John Rudolph · Craig Scott · Michael Udow