Nicholas Fairbank was born and raised in Vancouver and settled in Victoria in 1995. He divides his time amongst his various musical activities as composer, organist, collaborative pianist and harpsichordist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, teacher and singer.
As well as being the organ and harpsichord instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, Mr. Fairbank is Artistic Director of both the Viva Youth Choirs and the Via Choralis Chamber Choir. His catalogue of compositions includes more than 75 works for organ and piano solo, voice, and various choral and instrumental ensembles.
After early studies in Vancouver (piano with Michael Longton, Robert Cooper & Audrey Mallinson, pipe organ with Suzanne Gibson & Patrick Wedd) he pursued advanced musical training in London and Paris, studying organ with Christopher Herrick, Richard Popplewell and Naji Hakim. His composition teachers have included Stephen Chatman and John Celona. He holds Masters degrees from l’Université de Paris (Musicology & French literature), the University of California at Santa Barbara (French language and pedagogy), and the University of Victoria (Composition), as well as Associateship diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music (gold medal winner for pipe organ, 1981), and the Royal Canadian College of Organists (Willan and Barker prizes 1998). Many of his works are published by Cypress Choral Music, the RCCO, Mayfair Montgomery, and his own company FMP, while others are available through the Canadian Music Centre of which he was appointed an Associate Composer in 2007. He is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and currently serves as National President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.