Nicholas Collon

Nicholas Collon is establishing an enviable reputation as a commanding and inspirational interpreter in an exceptionally wide range of music. He is principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra, regularly conducts other ensembles in London and is increasingly heard outside the UK.

A viola player, pianist and organist by training, Nicholas studied at Clare College, Cambridge. He was awarded the 2008 Arts Foundation Fellowship for conducting, having been chosen from a list of twenty nominated British conductors.

Nicholas has explored a wide variety of repertoire with Aurora Orchestra and has appeared in the Spitalfields and Barbican Young Genius Festivals, at the BBC Proms as part of the Young Composers’ Competition, at the Al Bustan Festival, Lebanon, and at the Aldeburgh Festival. Their most recent recording is a CD of clarinet concertos with soloist David Campbell. Other recent concert work includes appearances with the Kensington Symphony Orchestra and the Salomon Orchestra.

His operatic experience includes a recent programme of Walton’s The Bear and Stravinsky’s Renard for Mahogany Opera in 2008, described by Opera magazine’s critic as ‘one of the most electrifying evenings I’ve spent at the opera in recent seasons.'

In April 2007 he conducted Mozart’s The Magic Flute, directed by Sam West, in Ramallah and Bethlehem, the first-ever staged opera production in the West Bank. Nicholas will be expanding his operatic repertoire by assisting Sir Mark Elder in Szymanowski’s King Roger at the Bregenz Festival and again as assistant conductor in Tosca for Opera North.

Forthcoming appearances include a busy schedule of performances with Aurora Orchestra and a tour of Austria with Symphonieorchester Vorarlberg.