Nicholas Trygstad is a Tutor in Cello at the RNCM and Section Leader of the cellos in the Hallé Orchestra.

A native of Minnesota USA, he came to the UK to study at the RNCM with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum. Upon completion of his studies he was offered the position of Principal Cello with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera and soon afterwards became Principal Cello of the Hallé. He has been a Guest Principal of the Scottish Chamber, BBC Scottish Symphony, St Paul Chamber and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras and  the Orchestra of Opera North.

In addition to his orchestral career Nick plays regularly in solo recitals and chamber music collaborations around the UK, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Hallé, the Orchestra of Opera North and the Northern Chamber Orchestra.

 A passionate teacher, Nick also gives masterclasses, orchestral excerpt classes and coaches youth orchestras across the UK and Europe.