Patrick Nolan's rewarding performance career has seen him playing flute in chamber, symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. Nolan was Principal Flute in firstly the Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently The Queensland Orchestra (QSO). He has played baroque, classical and contemporary concerti in flagship concert series and has participated in numerous recordings for ABC Classics, ABC Classic FM, Naxos, Tall Poppies and 4MBS Radio. Patrick derives much satisfaction in his work as a chamber musician and was a founding member of The Lunaire Collective and the Aether Ensemble. He was artist director of the 1999 Australian Flute Convention.

Since moving from orchestral life, Nolan has embarked on a career in the education of young musicians at tertiary and pre-tertiary levels and is currently the flute specialist at The University of Queensland School of Music. He also tutors at summer and winter music schools and for the wind sections in Queensland Youth Orchestra ensembles. With Michael Cox and Joanna Sullivan, Patrick has been collating Michael’s insights into the artistry and methods of flute playing.