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Nicholas Parle is Professor of Harpsichord at the Music and Arts Private University of the City of Vienna (MUK) and also teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. From 2004 to 2019 he was professor of harpsichord at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.
Born in Australia, after obtaining his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Sydney, he moved to London where he has since worked with many of the leading early music orchestras. In 1989 he won the first prize in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, Belgium, at that time only the third time in 30 years that a first prize had been awarded.

In 2014 he completed a Master of Music degree in musicology at Royal Holloway, University of London and continues to learn from his colleagues and students around the world.