Nick Woud studied percussion and timpani at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Jan Labordus and Jan Pustjens. From the age of eighteen he performed in the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and all major Dutch orchestras. He joined the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of twenty-two, first as percussionist and in 1984 as principal timpanist. In May 2002 he joined the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, sharing the position of principal timpani with Marinus Komst.
As a soloist Nick Woud performed works by Siegfried Matthus and Toru Takemitsu with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. With the International Wind Band he performed Gordon Jacob's Timpani concerto during the World Music Concourse Kerkrade. For many years he has also played Baroque timpani, in ensembles such as the Gustav Leonhardt Consort, the Netherlands Bach Society and the Bach Collegium Japan.
His interest in the technical side of the timpani resulted in a long-term relationship with Adams Timpani as an advisor and endorser. The development of Adams' timpani have been made in close contact with Nick as a performing consultant. The last project was the development of the Adams Schnellar timpani. Nick's timpani mallets are used all over the world by many great players.
Nick Woud has been a teacher of timpani as a principal subject at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam for many years. Additionally, he has coached the percussion section of the Dutch National Youth Orchestra as study leader for this ensemble and the NJO Summer Academy. Since 2011 Nick Woud has been coach for percussion with the European Union Youth Orchestra. He published three timpani methods and composed works for brass instruments in various settings and for timpani and percussion. He also composed music for radio and television.