Nigel Ubrihien graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music. He continued his studies in 1998 at the Academy of Music in Prague, Czech Republic under Czech harpsichord virtuoso, Zuzana Růžičková.
His work in musical theatre includes musical director of Darlinghurst Theatre's Falsettos at the Eternity Playhouse for which he was nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Musical Direction; That 90's Show at the Hayes Theatre; Nigel also worked as musical director of the Australian premiere seasons of The World Goes ‘Round (Sydney Opera House), Ahrens & Flaherty’s Lucky Stiff (Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne) and the Sydney premiere of Anthony Crowley’s The Wild Blue for NIDA. Nigel performed as actor and pianist in The Wharf Revue: Best We Forget for the Sydney Theatre Company, he was vocal coach on the STC production Women of Troy directed by Barrie Kosky, and performed in Eric Idle’s Not the Messiah at the Sydney Opera House. Nigel was also pianist and producer of the critically acclaimed Australian premiere season of Musical of Musicals in Sydney.
Nigel played in the orchestra for the Sydney seasons of Disney’s Aladdin (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Matilda (Lyric Theatre, Sydney), The Sound of Music (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Anything Goes (Sydney Opera House), Disney’s The Lion King (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Titanic (Theatre Royal, Sydney), The Phantom of the Opera (Lyric Theatre, Sydney), Billy Elliot (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Chicago (Lyric Theatre Sydney), Wicked (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Mamma Mia (Lyric Theatre, Sydney), Disney’s Mary Poppins (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Hairspray (Lyric Theatre, Sydney), Love Never Dies (Capitol Theatre, Sydney), Legally Blonde (Lyric Theatre, Sydney). He was the musical
director/conductor of The Light in the Piazza; musical director of Once on This Island; musical director/conductor of Sweet Charity; musical director and performer in Brecht’s Private Life of the Master Race and Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, directed by Wayne Harrison, all for NIDA. He was also musical director for a newly commissioned musical theatre work Andy X by Steven Sewell and Basil Hogios, directed by Jim Sharman, at NIDA.
Nigel is perhaps best known for his work in cabaret. He has accompanied many of Australia’s best known artists including David Campbell, Hayden Tee, Tim Draxl, Kane Alexander, Tyran Parke, Jo Weinberg and Natalie Gamsu. Nigel and Hayden Tee co-starred in the long-running late-night cult show Muf-Tee during its ten month residency at the Stables Theatre in Sydney, before taking it to New York. He was the musical director, arranger and conductor for Hayden’s two albums and contributed arrangements and performed on Tyran Parke’s latest two albums. Nigel performed with Caroline O'Connor at Sydney's Taronga Zoo and with Mitchell Butel, Marika Aubrey and Toby Francis at the Noosa Long Weekend Festival. He returned to Taronga Zoo in 2012 to play for Marina Prior. He performs regularly throughout Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the USA. Nigel has toured extensively and won a Green Room Award for ‘Most Outstanding Arrangements in Cabaret’ for his work in Friends of Barbra.
Nigel has been seen at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival seven times in the last nine years. In 2015 Nigel premiered My Vagabond Boat with Mitchell Butel and Gillian Cosgriff to rave reviews. In 2014 he was musical director and played Desi Arnaz in Everybody Loves Lucy with Elise McCann; in 2013 he musically directed Mixtape with Johanna Allen; and in 2010 he was musical director and performer in Newley Discovered with Hugh Sheridan, which was followed by performances at the Sydney Opera House and Off-Broadway at the Jerry Orbach Theatre, New York. In 2009 Nigel musically directed A Little Knight Music for Tyran Parke and Generation Why for Hayden Tee at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
Nigel is Associate Lecturer in Music at NIDA and teaches at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) and at ATYP. In has been a guest coach at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) London and La Salle College of the Arts, Singapore. He studies conducting with Vanessa Scammell.
“Ubrihien’s musical direction and arrangements are superb.”
THE ADVERTISER (ADELAIDE)
"...another opportunity to marvel at the arranging skills of Ubrihien There are only a handful of top notch cabaret arranger-accompanists in Australia, and Ubrihien is one of them.”
"Ubrihien is a revelation on piano”
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