Nicholas Collon

Nicholas Collon

he British conductor Nicholas Collon is the founder and chief conductor of the pioneering Aurora Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne and chief conductor and artistic advisor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, until he became the first non-Finnish conductor in this position to lead the Finnish in 2021 Radio Symphony will take over.

His elegant conducting style, his musical mind and his inspiring music-making have been invited to orchestras such as the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberg Symphony, the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and many of the leading British orchestras such as the Philharmonia, the London Philharmonic and the Hallé as well as the City of Birmingham Symphony evoked.

Last season he made his North American debut with the Toronto Symphony and his Japanese debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. At the same time he conducted the Oslo Philharmonic and the National de France Orchestra for the first time.

Together with his Aurora Orchestra, he formed the centerpiece of the 2019 BBC Proms Berlioz celebrations and conducted a performance of the Symphonie fantastique at the Royal Albert Hall, which was broadcast on BBC Four.

The Aurora Orchestra has performed at the Proms every year since 2010 and regularly visits leading European concert halls such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Cologne Philharmonic. This season it returns to the festivals in Bremen, Theingau and Gstaad.

The Aurora Orchestra is Resident Orchestra at Kings Place and Associate Orchestra at Southbank, where they are reinventing the concert format with their "Orchestral Theater" series. In May 2019, the series included a program by Mozart and Max Richter entitled Music of the Spheres, which was then recorded for publication by Deutsche Grammophon.

Collon made two critically acclaimed recordings for Warner Classics with Aurora: "Road Trip" with music by Ives, Copland, Adams and Nico Muhly (winner of the prestigious Echo Klassik Award 2015 for "Classical Without Borders") and "Insomnia" with Music by Britten, Brett Dean, Ligeti, Gurney and Lennon & McCartney. He has also recorded Haydn and Ligeti with the Danish Radio Symphony, Britten and Delius with the Philharmonia, and several records from the contemporary repertoire with the Hallé.

He has conducted over 200 new works, including world premieres of works by Unsuk Chin, Phillip Glass, Colin Matthews, Nico Muhly, Krzysztof Penderecki and Judith Weir. This season he is directing works by Thomas Adès and Brett Dean.

Opera productions included Britten's Peter Grimes and Mozart's Don Giovanni for Cologne Opera, Mozart's Die Zauberflöte at English National Opera, Jonathan Harvey's Wagner Dream at Welsh National Opera, Britten's Rape of Lucretia for Glyndebourne Touring Opera and Britten's Turn of the Screw at the Aldeburgh Festival with the Aurora Orchestra.

Born in London, he is a trained violist, pianist and organist and studied organ at Clare College, Cambridge.

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