Nikolaj is Section Leader Bassoon of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and bassoon teacher at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
Nikolaj did his BA in Music at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, studying with Audun Halvorsen and Sebastian Stevenson. He then moved to Germany to continue his education at Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts with professor Ole Kristian Dahl.
From 2015-2018 Nikolaj worked on a contract with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra as second bassoon. During that time he also took part of the academy of Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and was on the scheme with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fisher.
Nikolaj has played as guest principal with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, Hallè Orchestra, Iceland symphony orchestra, Turku philharmonics, Aarhus symphony orchestra, Copenhagen Phil, Danish national Symphony Orchestra. And as a soloist with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra.
Nikolaj has been giving masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Northern College of Music. He has also coached at the Sistema Europe Youth Orchestra.