“In fact, it all made you feel as though you wished Collon and his Aurora Orchestra would simply take over for all the Proms.”
(Hilary Finch, The Times)
Nicholas Collon is establishing an enviable reputation as a commanding and inspirational interpreter in an exceptionally wide range of music. As founder and Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra he has promoted imaginative programming that integrates challenging repertoire from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with masterworks of the Classical and Romantic eras. Nicholas and Aurora were winners of Best Ensemble at the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and Nicholas is the recipient of the 2012 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent.
Having made a very successful debut at the BBC Proms in 2010, Nicholas has been re-invited each successive year with Aurora Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. With Aurora Nicholas leads the New Moves series, a unique three-year cross-arts residency at LSO St Luke’s which has included critically acclaimed collaborations with capoeira, film, theatre, tango, and literature. With innovative programming, one recent concert Jealous Guy juxtaposed composers, Purcell, Piazzolla, Lennon, Mahler and Bernstein. Nicholas and Aurora have been part of the Mozart, Brahms and Bach Unwrapped seasons at Kings Place and also at Kings Place, a concert featuring the works of Nico Muhly launched the CD Seeing is Believing on Decca to critical acclaim. Nicholas and Aurora recently collaborated with Ian Bostridge and Angelika Kirchschlager in performances of Satie’s Socrate and Britten’s Phaedra at the Wigmore Hall.
In addition to his work with Aurora, he is increasingly in demand as a guest conductor with other ensembles in the UK and abroad. In recent seasons Nicholas has worked with the Philhamonia, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBC and Royal Philharmonics, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Northern Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, Auckland Philharmonia and Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Future engagements include re-invitations to the Philharmonia Orchestra, Spanish National Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Symphony, Musikfest Bremen, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Auckland Philharmonia, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and debuts with the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Deutsche Radio-Philharmonie, Trondheim Symphony, the Ulster Orchestra and the NFM Filharmonia Wroclaw, and will make recordings with the Hallé Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra.
Nicholas made his debuts last season with English National Opera The Magic Flute and Welsh National Opera, Jonathan Harvey’s Wagner Dream. In the 13/14 season he will make his debut with Glyndebourne on Tour with Britten’s Rape of Lucretia. Other operatic highlights have included special projects at Glyndebourne conducting new works, The Knight Crew by Julian Phillips and Imago by Orlando Gough. With the Opera Group he has conducted the first performances of Elena Langer’s The Lion’s Face and Luke Bedford’s Seven Angels (the latter with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group) including performances at the Linbury Theatre at the Royal Opera House.