Nicholas Snowman has had a varied and lengthy career in the arts, having founded the Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS) and co-founded both the London Sinfonietta and Ensemble Intercontemporain. He has been the Artistic Director and then Chief Executive of the Southbank Centre, the General Director of Glyndebourne and L’Opéra National du Rhin, and Artistic Director of IRCAM, Centre Pompidou. He was a member of the Venice Biennale music committee, Artistic Director of the Lille Festival and directed projects in the Festival d’Automne, Paris. He was also a member of the Cultural Olympiad Board and of the Franco-British Council, and is a Patron and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
At present Nicholas is the Chairman of Wartski, a trustee of the V&A Foundation, member of various arts boards including the Ensemble Intercontemporain (Vice-Chairman), Music Restored, Berlioz 150, the Red Violin festival and the Development Board of Hampstead Theatre, as well as being chairman of Aurora’s Fundraising Subcommittee. He is involved in charitable and sponsorship work concerning heritage projects, exhibitions and medical charities, including Motor Neurone Disease and Cancer.
His interests range from music to sport, including films, restaurants, Vienna in the early 20th century, spy novels, France and Arsenal. He has been honoured several times, including the Légion d’Honneur, Ordre National du Mérite, Officer des Arts et Lettres, Polish Order of Cultural Merit and an OBE.