Nicholas Collon nominated for Breakthrough Award

3rd January 2011

Aurora’s Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon has been nominated for the prestigious South Bank Sky Arts / The Times Breakthrough Award.  The recipient of the award is chosen by the public: click here to vote!

Richard Morrison writes:

‘To launch a new orchestra, Aurora, in the cut-throat musical marketplace that is London requires courage and conviction. To sustain it through five seasons, during which you programme everything from the Baroque sounds of Gabrieli and Lully to the avant-garde scores of Berio and Adams, shows brilliance as well as bravado. That’s the achievement of the young conductor Nicholas Collon, but it’s not the only one. When there’s a tricky new opera to be nursed into life, when a top orchestra has a difficult premiere that terrifies more senior conductors, when a promoter wants a bright young enthusiast to lead an extraordinary happening — such as the recent Frank Zappa festival at the Roundhouse — Collon is their first port of call.

‘At Cambridge his close friend was Robin Ticciati, whose own conducting career has taken off spectacularly in the past couple of seasons. But there are signs that the 27-year-old Collon, who made a well-reviewed Proms debut last summer, is also on the cusp of a major international career.’