Nicholas Fairbank was born and raised on Canada's west coast, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC. He divides his time between his various musical activities as composer, collaborative pianist, harpsichordist and organist, conductor, adjudicator, clinician, teacher and singer (as the baritone in the vocal ensemble Hexaphone).
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, England and Paris, France, studying organ with Christopher Herrick, Richard Popplewell and Naji Hakim. He has earned Master's degrees from the 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). His composition teachers have included Stephen Chatman and John Celona. He is an Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and a member of SOCAN.
Mr. Fairbank is Artistic Director of the Viva Youth Choirs, Director of Via Choralis chamber choir, and Organ Instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and is currently serving as National President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. As an organ recitalist he has performed across Canada, in Europe, and in Mexico (at the 2011 Festival Internacional de Organo de Morelia).
His catalogue of compositions includes more than 80 works for voice, piano and organ solo, and for various choral and instrumental ensembles. Some works are published by Mayfair Montgomery (CNCM), Cypress Publishing, the RCCO, and FMP, while others are available through the Canadian Music Centre.