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Nicholas Collon

Conductor
Principal Conductor, Residentie Orkest
Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Residentie Orkest (from 2018/19)
Founder and Principal Conductor, Aurora Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne

Nicholas Collon steps in to make his Chamber Orchestra of Europe debut

Nicholas Collon makes his debut conducting the Chamber Orchestra of Europe this week, replacing Jaap van Zweden at two days’ notice for concerts in Antwerp, Paris and Toulouse on 29 November, 1 and 2December.


He conducts Shostakovich Chamber Symphony, Bernstein Serenade with soloist Renaud Capuçon and Beethoven Symphony No.5 in concerts on 29 November at Antwerp’s De Singel, and 1 December at the Paris Philharmonie. The Paris concert will be recorded by France Musique for future broadcast.


Collon returns to Paris in June 2018 with the Aurora Orchestra for a Mozart programme at the Seine Musicale on Ile Seguin, and already has guest engagements planned in both Antwerp and Paris in future seasons.


Earlier this month Collon debuted with the Dresden Philharmonic (Gershwin, Ravel, Bernstein) and has already been reinvited:


“He breathed life into the programme with a heady mix of artistic temperament and verve”
Saechsische Zeitung


Two weeks ago he conducted the Bamberg Symphony in concert for the first time (Shostakovich, Rachmaninov):


“Collon accompanied the concerto with calm understatement, imposing his personality in the main symphony… he knew precisely how to set the scene, supported by solid craftsmanship and then fired up by his inspirational driving force… an ideal interpretation in every respect, all the more so as the orchestra’s contribution was immaculate
Fraenkischer Tag


“Collon’s disciplined approach was impressive, keeping the more indulgent elements on a short leash, and avoiding the slightest hint of excessive sentimentality.”
Fuerther Nachrichten

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Nicholas Collon makes debut with the Salzburg Mozarteumsorchester

24 November 2017

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Nicholas Collon makes his debut with the Salzburg Mozarteumorchester on 14 December 2017 at the Mozarteum Salzburg. He conducts the orchestra in a programme of Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 with soloist Till Fellner and R. Schumann Six Pieces in Canonical Form (edited by Claude Debussy and Robin Holloway) and Symphony No.2.


Prior to this, Nicholas conducts the Aurora Orchestra in two concerts at Kings Place on 24 November and 9 December. On 24 November, he and the orchestra are joined by pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque to perform Mozart’s double piano concerto, No.10, as well as Ravel Mother Goose Suite for four hands. Also on the programme are Stravinky Concerto in D for Strings and Schubert Symphony No.5.


Then on 9 December, he and the Auroras perform an all-Mozart programme: Piano Concerto No.8 with soloist Tom Poster, concert aria ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te? … Non temer, amato bene’ with soloist Sophie Bevan, Exsultate, jubilate and Symphony No.29.


Collon recently made his debut with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, conducting two critically acclaimed concerts of works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov:


"Collon accompanied the concerto with calm understatement, imposing his personality in the main symphony… he knew precisely how to set the scene, supported by solid craftsmanship and then fired up by his inspirational driving force… an ideal interpretation in every respect, all the more so as the orchestra’s contribution was immaculate"
Fraenkischer Tag, November 2017


"Here, too, Collon’s disciplined approach was impressive, keeping the more indulgent elements on a short leash, and avoiding the slightest hint of excessive sentimentality."
Fuerther Nachrichten, November 2017

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Nicholas Collon makes his Bamburg Symphony Orchestra concert debut 

31 October 2017

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Nicholas Collon makes his Bamberger Symphony Orchestra concert debut on 5 and 7 November, conducting the orchestra at Stadttheater Fürth in two Russian works: Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 (with soloist Ilian Garnetz) and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2.


Collon has previously made two studio recordings with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for broadcast on the Bayerische Rundfunk radio service, but this is his first time conducting the orchestra in concert.  


Then on 10 and 11 November he conducts the Dresden Philharmonic for the first time at the newly refurbished Philharmonie im Kulturpalast, reopened just a few weeks ago, in a contrasting programme of jazz-influenced pieces: Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story and Ravel’s La Valse.


Watch Collon conduct a previous performance of La Valse here with the Brussels Philharmonic.

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Nicholas Collon conducts James Ehnes & the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall

07 October 2017

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Nicholas Collon and James Ehnes travel to Manchester this month for a concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra on 21 October 2017. Performing at the Bridgewater Hall, Collon conducts Beethoven Symphony No.5 alongside two works by Stravinsky showcasing different sections of the orchestra: Apollo, a ballet scored for strings alone, and the punchier Symphonies of Wind Instruments. Collon conducted the BBC Philharmonic in an acclaimed performance at the BBC Proms in 2015:


"This was very much a communal effort, with Collon’s more measured than usual opening movement tempo allowing orchestral detail and interplay to flower very rewardingly, so that one caught every shimmer in the percussion and harps and each gurgle in the woodwinds."
Guardian, August 2015


In between the two Stravinsky pieces, Ehnes joins Collon and the orchestra for Sibelius Six Humoresques for violin and orchestra. Ehnes has worked with the orchestra several times in the past, including for his album of Prokofiev's complete works for violin which was released by Chandos in 2013.


Elsewhere this month, Collon returns to the Residentie Orkest for his latest concerts as their Principal Conductor. He leads two concerts in the Hague, on 27 and 29 October, conducting a programme of Liadev La lac enchanté, Kabalevsky Cello Concerto No.2 with soloist Leonard Elschenbroich and Shostakovich Symphony No.10. Ehnes meanwhile returns to the United States for three performances of the Barber Violin Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Gaffigan.

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2017 marked another highly successful summer for Intermusica's artists, who gave critically acclaimed performances at festivals all over Europe. Read a small selection of reviews below.


Brett Dean's Hamlet received its world premiere at Glyndebourne in June and was greeted with universal acclaim. The Sunday Times called it "the operatic event of the year", while in a five star review the Times wrote that “Dean’s skill at creating a supercharged orchestral subtext to each scene is matched by his immense theatricality. Quite apart from his unerring pacing of the story, he also creates at least a dozen moments where sheer sonority alone sends shivers up the spine… The overall impression is of a richly imaginative composer at the top of his game.”


Lise Davidsen made a critically acclaimed UK operatic debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos at Glyndebourne Festival Opera in June. Described as possessing "one of the greatest voices I have ever head" by the Observer, Davidsen's debut was described as "one of those 'I was there' moments" by the Times.


Joshua Weilerstein made an "auspicious" debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and his sister Alisa Weilerstein in a programme of Rebel, Berlioz and Pascal Dusapin. Classical Source praised his "admirably prepared and presented" Symphonie fantastique.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra returned to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory on 22 July. This time, they performed Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by Strauss Metamorphosen. The Times called it “gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band too…an impassioned account of Strauss’s desolate but gorgeous Metamorphosen.”


The Pavel Haas Quartet made a stellar return to the Verbier Festival on 22 July, with Bachtrack praising the quartet for their "old-fashioned virtues of watchfulness, aural alertness and intense concentration... From the micro-perfection of its opening chord to an ethereally feathered final note, this was an Allegro con brio of unfolding joys."


Michel van der Aa was the Composer in Residence at this year's Lucerne Festival, with his works performed throughout the festival. The Luzerner Zeitung praised his "easy handling of current technological possiblities", while the Neue Zurcher Zeitung wrote that his "music theatre of beguiling opulence... might offer a view of the future of opera".


Mark Wigglesworth was joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99. The Sunday Times claimed that Wigglesworth demonstrated "the most authoritative conducting, instantly masterly, I’ve witnessed so far at these Proms, Bernard Haitink’s appearance apart. And Wigglesworth seems close to Haitink’s level... One knew all would be right about this account because Wigglesworth’s intensity was unanswerable.”


Sir John Eliot Gardiner had a busy summer, performing twice at the Proms as well as continuing the Monteverdi Trilogy tour at the Salzburg, Edinburgh and Berlin festivals. His Proms performance of Berlioz La damnation de Faust with the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique was described as "thrilling" by the Observer in a five star review, while the Salzburger Nachrichten praised the Monteverdi Trilogy performances at the Salzburg Festival: "The harmony and the symbiotic relationship of the performers and their conductor has reached a degree of perfection, which shows style, form awareness and playful freedom."


John Wilson gave two performances at the BBC Proms this year, with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his John Wilson Orchestra. This year, Wilson led the JWO in two critically acclaimed performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma! on 11 August: "no conductor appreciates the importance of an orchestration’s inner voices like Wilson, or is more adept at caressing a countermelody without letting it get in the way." (Spectator)


Andreas Haefliger returned to the Edinburgh International Festival this year, giving an "inspiringly commanding" solo recital in August: "Haefliger the thinker is also the pianist who held this audience enthralled until they leapt to their feet at the end, cheering." (Herald Scotland)


Also in Edinburgh, Richard Egarr led Iestyn Davies and the Academy of Ancient Music in two performances of Bach and Telemann. The Scotsman praised the performances, which were "delivered with a style and panache that lifted the notes clean off the page with their precisely pointed rhythms."


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® was presented at the Proms on 23 August in “an excellent evening of innovation” (Bachtrack), with a a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney presented alongside a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ from the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder.  


Leonidas Kavakos reunited with Riccardo Chailly on 25 August, as Intermusica brought the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos performed the Brahms Violin Concerto, a performance which was praised for the "the way he made the music breathe and sing in lyrical, expansive paragraphs while remaining continuously alert both to subtleties of meaning and absolute directness of expression." (Guardian)


Kirill Gerstein continued his partnership with Semyon Bychkov on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1:
"[Gerstein] delivered the slow movement with improvisatory freedom and dazzled with crystalline virtuosity in the finale." (Daily Telegraph)

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Nicholas Collon conducts Brett Dean's Pastoral Symphony with Aurora Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall

10 September 2017

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Nicholas Collon and Aurora Orchestra return to the Royal Festival Hall on 24 September 2017 for Why Birds Sing, a concert exploring birdsong and humanity's relationship with the natural world. Featuring musical performance interwoven with animation, audio storytelling, birdsong recordings, and an installation of 1,000 origami cranes, the concert is part of Aurora's Orchestral Theatre: The Claus Moser Series, which brings orchestral music to life in adventurous ways. 


The programme opens with Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques, for which Collon and the orchestra are joined by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard. This is followed by Brett Dean Pastoral Symphony, which Collon and the Auroras premiered at the BBC Proms in 2015. Dean's symphony incorporates recordings of butcherbirds from the Australian outback alongside the violent, man-made noises of axes, a lift falling, and a helicopter chopper to illustrate humanity's impact on nature.


Following a performance of Ligeti Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes, Collon and the Auroras close the concert with a signature memorised performance of Beethoven Symphony No.6 'Pastoral'. This follows a critically acclaimed performance of Beethoven Symphony No.3 'Eroica' at the BBC Proms:


"Gripping stuff… an astonishing feat of concentration. With Nicholas Collon favouring speeds ranging from zippy to hair-raising, there was virtuosity all around the band"
Times, July 2017

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Boris Giltburg begins season as Residentie Orkest's Artist in Residence with Nicholas Collon

05 September 2017

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Boris Giltburg joins the Residentie Orkest and Principal Conductor (and fellow Intermusica artist) Nicholas Collon at the Zuiderstrandtheater in the Hague for the annual Prince's Day Concert on 19 September 2017. Giltburg performs Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, part of a programme that also features Van Hamel Intrada and Stravinsky Petrushka.


The televised performance marks the beginning of Giltburg's season as the orchestra's Artist in Residence. The orchestra commented that "there was such a huge click between star pianist Boris Giltburg, the Residentie Orkest and the audience that we simply had to ask Boris to be our artist in residence."


The concert follows soon after the release of Giltburg's recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2, which is released worldwide on 8 September by Naxos. The disc was recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto, and also features Rachmaninov Études-Tableaux, Op. 33, Liebesleid and Polka de W.R.


The Scotsman remarked of Giltburg’s concert performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra last year:


“Giltburg is an artist whose range of expression brought so much more than slushy romance to Rachmaninov’s emotion-laden score. Whether wistful and dreamy or tense and heart-aching, the lyricism of his playing was a joy to listen to.”

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Boris Giltburg returns to the Concertgebouw with Nicholas Collon & the Residentie Orkest

13 August 2017

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Boris Giltburg returns to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 27 August 2017 to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor with the Residentie Orkest and principal conductor Nicholas Collon.


Giltburg’s Rachmaninov interpretations are consistently met with great critical acclaim. His album of Rachmaninov’s Études-tableaux Op. 39 and Moments musicaux (Naxos, 2016) was chosen by NPR at number 20 in their top 100 recordings of 2016, and his performance of Rachmaninov’s second piano concerto last year with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra was highly praised by The Scotsman:


"Giltburg is an artist whose range of expression brought so much more than slushy romance to Rachmaninov’s emotion-laden score. Whether wistful and dreamy or tense and heart-aching, the lyricism of his playing was a joy to listen to."

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Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra’s debut at the Concertgebouw

21 July 2017

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Nicholas Collon conducts the Aurora Orchestra in its Amsterdam Concertgebouw debut on 4 August 2017. In the culmination of their Beethoven From Memory tour, which saw performances at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and BBC Proms, they will perform Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ from memory alongside Strauss’s Metamorphosen.


These are believed to be the first ever memorised performances of ‘Eroica’. Watch a glimpse of the first movement.  


You can also still listen to their BBC Proms performance on BBC Radio 3, available online until 20 August, and televised for UK audiences on BBC Four on 18 August.


On 22 August, Nicholas conducts the orchestra at the Berlioz Festival in Isère, France. Their ‘Eroica’ From Memory will be accompanied by Britten Sinfonietta Op.1 and Maxwell Davies Eight Songs for a Mad King.

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Nicholas Collon conducts Beethoven ‘Eroica’ from memory with Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms

08 July 2017

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Nicholas Collon conducts the Aurora Orchestra at the BBC Proms for the eighth consecutive year on 22 July 2017, leading the orchestra in a trademark ‘from memory’ performance. This year, they take on Beethoven Symphony No.3 'Eroica', performed completely without scores. Also on their programme is Richard Strauss' work for strings, Metamorphosen.


Before playing the groundbreaking Eroica, Collon introduces the symphony with BBC Radio 3 presenter Tom Service, enhanced with live excerpts performed by the orchestra. The concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 from 7.30pm and will be broadcast on 18 August on BBC Four.


Ahead of the BBC Proms, they perform the same programme on 21 July at Cambridge’s West Road Concert Hall, before taking it to the prestigious Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 4 August.


Click here to watch Collon and the Aurora Orchestra giving a "thrilling" (Classical Source) performance of Mozart Symphony No.41 'Jupiter' from memory at the 2016 BBC Proms.

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Nicholas Collon & Richard Egarr: new titles at Residentie Orkest

15 June 2017

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Nicholas Collon steps up from Principal Conductor to be Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of Residentie Orkest The Hague, effective September 2018 and rising to eight weeks a season.


Richard Egarr returns as Principal Guest Conductor, increasing his presence to three weeks a season from 2019/20.


The orchestra’s last three Chief Conductors were Yevgeny Svetlanov, Jaap van Zweden and Neeme Järvi. Based in the political heart of the Netherlands and with strong links to the international community, the Residentie Orkest has latterly reinvented itself as a flexible and innovative orchestra of the 21st Century.


Collon - Founder of the Aurora Orchestra and newly appointed Principal Guest of the Guerzenich Orchester in Cologne - and Music Director of the Academy of Ancient Music Richard Egarr together make an exciting team for the Residentie Orkest ahead of the opening of the orchestra's new concert hall in 2020.


Click here to listen to Collon conducting the Residentie Orkest in Stravinsky's Firebird (broadcast live on Omroep Max on 23 April 2017 at Concertzaal, Tilburg)


"Collon’s Firebird with the Residentie Orkest was amazing – performed with exciting clarity, as well as refinement and intimacy"
Trouw, April 2017

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Nicholas Collon & Mary Bevan: Richard Ayres' In the Alps with Aurora Orchestra

20 May 2017

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Nicholas Collon and Mary Bevan join the Aurora Orchestra this month for concerts at London's St John's Smith Square and Birmingham's Symphony Hall on 3 and 4 June 2017. Collon conducts a programme with an Alpine theme for the two concerts, opening with Richard Ayres' In the Alps (No.42), featuring Bevan as soprano soloist. In the Alps combines music with theatrical elements and projected film and tells the story of a young girl, performed by Bevan, who is stranded on the summit of an unclimable mountain. 


Following the interval, Collon then conducts the Auroras in a performance of Brahms Symphony No.1 from memory, the first memorized performance of a Brahms symphony since the composer himself attended a memorised performance by the Meiningen Court Orchestra in the 1880s.


Collon's next visit to London with the Auroras comes in July, when he leads the orchestra in the latest of their series of concerts at the BBC Proms. This year he conducts Strauss Metamorphosen and a memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No.3, with an introduction from Tom Service, Collon and members of the orchestra.


Bevan has most recently been seen on tour with Harry Bicket and the English Concert, singing Dalinda in their production of Handel Ariodante throughout Europe and the United States. In July she can be seen in performances of Handel Messiah with the Chamber Orchestra of Basel.


Click here to watch a trailer for the performances.

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Nicholas Collon appointed Principal Guest Conductor at Gürzenich-Orchester

08 May 2017

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Nicholas Collon has just been announced as Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne (Music Director François-Xavier Roth) for an initial three years, from 2017/18. He will conduct two programmes each season at the Cologne Philharmonie and also appear with the orchestra at Cologne Opera.


Collon first conducted the orchestra a year ago, in a programme of Britten, Ravel and Vaughan Williams, when he struck up an instant and electrifying rapport with the musicians. Their next concerts together are in February 2018, when he brings an eclectic programme of Debussy, Bartók, Wagner, Ligeti and Ravel, and conducts Don Giovanni at Cologne Opera. Then at Easter he returns to conduct movements from Haydn’s Seven Last Words paired with James Macmillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross, both interleaved with J.S. Bach cantatas sung by counter-tenor Bejun Mehta.


Collon will also bring his Aurora Orchestra to the Cologne Philharmonie in October 2017, when the orchestra will play Beethoven’s Symphony No.6 from memory.


Guest highlights this spring have included:


- Prokofiev Symphony No.5 and works by Thomas Adès with the Finnish Radio Symphony (immediate return offered 2019)
- A searing performance of Shostakovich Symphony No.8 with the BBC Philharmonic at Bridgewater Hall (listen here)
- Stravinsky Firebird with the Residentie Orkest The Hague (where he is Principal Conductor) at Rotterdam De Doelen


Next month he conducts Schubert Symphony No.8 and Sibelius Symphony No.7 with the City of Birmingham Symphony, before taking the Aurora Orchestra to the BBC Proms for a televised Beethoven’s 'Eroica' (from memory), which they also tour to the Berlioz Festival at La Côte-Saint-André and to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

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The BBC announced the line-up for the 2017 Proms on 20 April 2017, and as ever Intermusica artists and orchestras play a leading role in the festival. Every Prom is broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and on the BBC website, with select concerts broadcast on BBC television live or at a later date.


Simon Halsey’s Proms Youth Choir give the opening concert of the Proms on 14 July, performing John Adams Harmonium alongside the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.


Joshua Weilerstein makes his debut at the Proms on 19 July, conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra at 7.30pm the Royal Albert Hall. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Rebel Les élémens – le chaos, Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and Pascal Dusapin’s cello concerto Outscape, for which he is joined by his sister, cellist Alisa Weilerstein.


Nicholas Collon and his Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms to perform another symphony from memory at 7.30pm on 22 July. This time, they perform Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’, preceded by an introduction from Tom Service accompanied by excerpts from Collon and the orchestra. The programme for the concert also includes Strauss Metamorphosen.


John Wilson makes the first of two appearances at this year’s Proms at 6.30pm on 25 July when he performs with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Wilson, the orchestra’s Associate Guest Conductor, leads the orchestra in a programme of Vaughan Williams Symphony No.9 and Holst The Planets.


Christopher Purves also makes two appearances at the Proms this year, with his first coming on 27 July. Purves joins Juanjo Mena, the BBC Philharmonic and the Crouch End Festival Chorus to perform the London premiere of Mark Simpson The Immortal, an oratorio inspired by Victorian séances.


Mark Wigglesworth is joined by pianist Stephen Hough and the BBC Philharmonic at 7.30pm on 29 July to perform Brahms Piano Concerto No.1, David Sawyer The Greatest Happiness on Earth and Haydn Symphony No.99.


Sir James MacMillan’s European Requiem receives its European premiere at the Proms at 7pm on 30 July from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and conductor Xian Zhang, with Jacques Imbrailo performing as the baritone soloist. 


Sir John Eliot Gardiner returns to the Proms on 2 August with the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, this time for a late night Prom at the Royal Albert Hall at 10.15pm. Gardiner conducts his ensembles in a performance of cantatas by Bach and Schütz.


David Butt Philip joins Kirill Karabits and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the first Proms performance of Prokofiev’s cantata Seven, They are Seven at 7.30pm on 7 August.


Sir John Eliot Gardiner makes his second Proms appearance of the year at 7.30pm on 8 August, this time conducting the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique in a performance of Berlioz La damnation du Faust.


Lise Davidsen makes her debut at the Proms at 7.30pm on 10 August with the BBC Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Davidsen joins the orchestra to perform Sibelius Luonnotar and extracts from Grieg Peer Gynt.


John Wilson’s second Proms appearance this year comes on 11 August when his John Wilson Orchestra returns for its annual concert. This year, Wilson leads the orchestra in two performances of Rogers & Hammerstein Oklahoma!, at 2pm and 7.30pm.


Christopher Purves joins the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle for a performance of Schoenberg Gurrelieder at 7.30pm on 19 August. Also performing are three of Simon Halsey’s choruses – City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus and Orfeó Català. Halsey also leads a Gurrelieder Proms Extra Sing Day at London Imperial College earlier that day.


Tim Mead returns to the Proms alongside John Butt and the Dunedin Consort for the third concert of the Proms’ Reformation Day at 7.45pm on 20 August. Mead follows last year’s Bach Mass in B minor with Bach St John Passion, singing alongside a cast that also includes Sophie Bevan, Nicholas Mulroy, Matthew Brook and Andrew Tortise.


Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Beyond the Score® appears at the Proms at 7.30pm on 23 August, with a performance of Dvorák Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ given by the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder alongside a multi-media exploration of the symphony directed by Beyond the Score founder Gerard McBurney.


Leonidas Kavakos reunites with Riccardo Chailly at 6.30pm on 25 August, as Intermusica bring the conductor and his Filarmonica della Scala to the Proms to perform Brahms and Respighi. Kavakos joins the orchestra for Brahms Violin Concerto, which is followed by Respighi Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome.


Joélle Harvey returns to the Proms as Glyndebourne’s production of Mozart La clemenza di Tito comes to the Royal Albert Hall at 7pm on 28 August. Harvey takes the role of Servilia, with accompaniment from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Robin Ticciati.


Intermusica is delighted to bring the Oslo Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko to the Proms at 7.30pm on 29 August. Petrenko conducts the orchestra in an all-Russian programme of Stravinsky The Firebird (1919 version), Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4 and Shostakovich Symphony No.12.


Kirill Gerstein continues his partnership with Semyon Bychkov at 7.30pm on 31 August, joining the conductor and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.1.


The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra bring an all-Mendelssohn programme to the Proms this year from 1pm on 3 September. Conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, the orchestra perform Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture, Violin Concerto with Isabelle Faust and Symphony No.5


Ben Johnson joins Sakari Oramo, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and an international cast of soloists for the Last Night of the Proms on 9 September. The Last Night begins from 7.15pm and will be broadcast live on BBC Two, and Johnson sings Kodály Te Deum.

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Watch Nicholas Collon conduct Adès & Prokofiev with Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

28 March 2017

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You can watch clips from Nicholas Collon’s debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra online on the orchestra’s website.


Collon conducted the orchestra, on 24 March, in a programme of Adès In Seven Days and Dances from Powder Her Face, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No.5 at Helsinki Music Centre.

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Nicholas Collon makes debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

10 March 2017

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Nicholas Collon travels to Finland this month to make his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 24 March 2017. The concert at the Helsinki Music Centre is also Collon's debut in the city. Collon leads the orchestra in a programme of Thomas Adès In Seven Days and Dances from Powder Her Face, followed by Prokofiev Symphony No.5.


Earlier in the month he takes the Aurora Orchestra to Bilbao for three concerts at the city's Musika-Música festival on 4 and 5 March, which sees a concert in the city somewhere every half hour for three days. Collon and Aurora also continue their Mozart piano concerto cycle at Kings Place, this time with Imogen Cooper, on 18 March.

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Intermusica tours Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon to Spain for Musika Musica Festival

18 February 2017

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Intermusica brings Nicholas Collon and Aurora Orchestra back to Spain this month to appear at the Musika Musica Festival in Bilbao on 4 and 5 March 2017. Collon and the Auroras perform three concerts at the festival over the course of two days, presenting programmes consisting of Iain Farrington’s arrangements of Mahler Symphony No.1 and Das Lied von Erde, performed by tenor Andrew Staples and soprano Jane Irwin, as well as performances of Dvořák Quartet and Sextet.


Musika Musica Festival features a wide range of concerts over the weekend, with Intermusica artists Thierry Fischer and Pavel Haas Quartet also performing.


Intermusica brought Aurora Orchestra to Spain for their debut in 2016, when they performed in Bilbao with Baldur Bronnimann and Louis Schwizgebel.

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Nicholas Collon & the Residentie Orkest perform Berg & Mahler in The Hague 

10 February 2017

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Nicholas Collon gives his first concerts of the year with the Residentie Orkest on 24 and 26 February 2017, conducting a programme of Berg Sieben frühe Lieder and Mahler Symphony No.4 at the Zuiderstrandtheater. The performance on 24 February is preceded by a free lunchtime concert.


Earlier in the month, Collon conducted the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Holst Savitri and The Planets and also returned to the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

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Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 Classical Season

Intermusica artists star in the Southbank Centre's 2017/18 classical season, which was announced on 26 January 2017.


Highlights of the new season include Marin Alsop conducting Bernstein Mass with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Kian Soltani performing in memory of Jacqueline du Pré with Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. The Intermusica co-promoted International Chamber Music Series features James Ehnes leading Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time, Danielle de Niese performing with the Navarra String Quartet and Colin Currie marking the re-opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall with a world premiere of a new work by Harrison Birtwistle. Boris Giltburg and George Li give solo recitals as part of the long-running International Piano Series, Nicholas Collon conducts Aurora Orchestra in the finale of Pierre-Laurent Aimard's Ligeti in Wonderland festival, and Kian Soltani makes a second appearance alongside Brett Dean for a performance of Schubert Trout Quintet.


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28 October 2017
Kian Soltani & West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, cond. Daniel Barenboim / Strauss Don Quixote


14 November 2017
James Ehnes, Steven Osborne, Alban Gerhardt & Jean Johnson / Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time 


28 February 2018
Boris Giltburg / Brahms, Shostakovich & Rachmaninov


20 March 2018
George Li / Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin & Liszt


6 & 7 April 2018
Marin Alsop & the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain / Bernstein Mass 


19 April 2018
Colin Currie & Nicholas Hodges / Morton Feldman, Stockhausen & Harrison Birtwistle


27 April 2018
Danielle de Niese & Navarra String Quartet / Albert Roussel, Schubert & Ernest Chausson


13 May 2018
Nicholas Collon
& Aurora Orchestra / Ligeti


29 May 2018
Brett Dean & Kian Soltani with Benjamin Grosvenor, Hyeyoon Park and Leon Bosch / Schubert Trout Quintet


For more information and to book tickets, visit the Southbank Centre website.

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Nicholas Collon conducts Shostakovich Symphony No.8 with the BBC Philharmonic 

28 December 2016

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Nicholas Collon makes a return to the BBC Philharmonic this month, conducting the orchestra in performances of Shostakovich Symphony No.8 in Nottingham and Manchester on 11 and 13 January 2017.


The performance at Nottingham's Royal Concert Hall is a special examination of the symphony, presented by broadcaster Stephen Johnson. Johnson delves into the history of the piece, offering insights illustrated by extracts from Collon and the orchestra, before the symphony is performed in its entirety.


Collon and the orchestra then return to Manchester for a performance at Bridgewater Hall, where the symphony is preceded by a selection of Ravel pieces, including the Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with soloist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.

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Nicholas Collon & Francesco Piemontesi return to the Philharmonia Orchestra

17 November 2016

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Nicholas Collon begins December with a return to the Philharmonia Orchestra on 1 December 2016, conducting a programme of Pre-War Soundscapes. Collon is joined by regular collaborator Francesco Piemontesi, who performs Ravel Piano Concerto, which is bookended by Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Walton Symphony No.1. They perform the same programme the preceding day at De Montfort Hall in Leicester.


Collon and Piemontesi's previous performances together include a critically-acclaimed performance with Aurora Orchestra at the 2015 Proms:


“The highlight [was] Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.26… [The] combination of the sweetly childlike and the intellectually questing reached its height in a first-movement cadenza... that saw Collon partnering Piemontesi on tinkling celeste. This was pure Magic Flute, and echoes of Mozart’s operatic swansong cast an autumnal glow over the rest of a magical performance.”
Times 


“Nicholas Collon coaxed a wonderfully clear-running duet from principal flautist Jane Mitchell and oboist Thomas Barber in the second movement. The third movement, meant to represent a country dance, actually felt like one. When the storm arrived, it was as if the festivities had been interrupted by the weather, and you realised that the atmosphere had been ionised for a while. Nature, being the subject, felt natural again.”
Telegraph 


Collon ends 2016 with a performance at Kings Place with Aurora Orchestra, while Piemontesi performs with the Monte Carlo Philharmonic and gives recitals in Paris and London.

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Nicholas Collon & the Residentie Orkest return to the Concertgebouw

11 October 2016

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Nicholas Collon begins a run of concerts with the Residentie Orkest this month with a return to the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on 25 October 2016. Collon conducts a Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture and excerpts from Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite. Pianist Hannes Minnaar also joins Collon and the orchestra for Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major.


Collon and the orchestra then travel on to the Hague on 28 October 2016 for a performance with Alisa Weilerstein at the Zuiderstrandtheater. The programme features Berlioz Love Scene from Romeo and Juliet, Walton Cello Concerto and Brahms Symphony No.3.


Collon and the Residentie Orkest end their concerts on 29 October with an afternoon performance at the Muziekgebouw aant’IJ, Amsterdam. They are joined once again by Alisa Weilerstein for Walton Cello Concerto, and Collon also conducts Alexander Rudin in a performance of Shostakovich Cello Concerto.

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Nicholas Collon conducts Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

05 October 2016

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Nicholas Collon returns to the Birmingham Symphony Hall to conduct the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in three performances of Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique on 19, 21, and 22 October 2016. The programme also includes Ravel Le tombeau de Couperin, Korngold Violin Concerto in D major with Vilde Frang and Elgar Spirit of England with Susan Gritton.


Collon last conducted the CBSO in March 2016 in a performance of Mahler Symphony No.10 that drew critical praise:


“There was a real authority about the CBSO’s playing under Collon, the sense of an orchestra continuing to explore a work it knows inside out…from its crepuscular opening onwards [Collon] caught the mood of the finale perfectly, right through to the radiance of the coda.”
Guardian


“In the CBSO and Nicholas Collon’s hands the result was exhausting and unforgettable, a resonant, radiant annihilation.”
Bachtrack


Collon next returns to the CBSO on 8 February 2017 to conduct works by Holst. Click here to find out more about the concert.

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Nicholas Collon & the Aurora Orchestra debut at Beethovenfest Bonn

23 September 2016

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Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra make their debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn on 7 October 2016. Taking place at the Beethovenhalle, the programme features Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter” from memory, Strauss’ Oboe Concerto where they are joined by leading international oboist François Leleux and Brett Dean Testament.


This concert sees Collon and the Aurora Orchestra reunite with Leleux following their critically acclaimed performance of the Mozart Symphony and Strauss’ Oboe Concerto at the 2016 Proms:


"…a performance that was absolutely secure and full of spirit."
Guardian


"the Aurora musicians found a conversational intimacy and rhetoric in their delivery that made a salon out of the cavernous Royal Albert Hall. Elegant and joyous in equal measure, this was much more than a gimmick."
Independent


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Nicholas Collon & the Aurora Orchestra continue their Mozart's Piano series at Kings Place with Cédric Tiberghien

03 September 2016

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Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra return to King's Place on 17 September 2016 for the next concert in their Mozart's Piano series. The ambitious project, a complete cycle of Mozart's piano concerti, began in January 2016 and runs for the next five years. For this concert Collon and the Auroras are joined by Cédric Tiberghien for Piano Concertos Nos. 5 and 6, alongside works by Paganini, Liszt and Mendelssohn.


Collon and the Auroras were highly praised for their performance of Mozart Symphony No.41 'Jupiter' at this year's BBC Proms:


"…a performance that was absolutely secure and full of spirit."
Guardian


"The Aurora musicians found a conversational intimacy and rhetoric in their delivery that made a salon out of the cavernous Royal Albert Hall. Elegant and joyous in equal measure, this was much more than a gimmick."
Independent


"This was a thrilling performance, alive and alert. Rhythms were immaculately sprung, melodies relished and moods inhabited from within – music that lived and breathed, and the hustle and bustle of the Finale carried us high to the end. Joyful and triumphant"
Classical Source


The first year of Mozart's Piano comes to a close on 16 December with recent BBC Young Musicians of the Year Lara Melda and Martin James Bartlet performing as soloists.

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Nicholas Collon: First concert as Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest

28 August 2016

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Nicholas Collon gives his first concert as Principal Guest Conductor of the Residentie Orkest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw on 28 August 2016, with a Romeo and Juliet-themed programme at the Concertgebouw’s Robeco Summer Nights series.


The programme includes works by Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bernstein. Collon and the orchestra repeat the programme in The Hague on 20 September as a focal event in their annual city-wide Prinsjesdag festival.


Collon will conduct six weeks per year with the orchestra, and will focus on the core Romantic symphonies and on 20th and 21st century repertoire.

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Nicholas Collon & the Aurora Orchestra return to the BBC Proms with François Leleux

17 July 2016

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Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra return to the Proms on 31 July 2016, their seventh consecutive appearance at the BBC Proms.


Presented by broadcaster and critic Tom Service, the programme opens with Wolfgang Rihm Gejagte Form, after which Collon and the orchestra are joined by François Leleux for Strauss Oboe Concerto. The concert culminates with Mozart Symphony No. 41 performed entirely from memory, following their memorized performance of Beethoven Symphony No. 6 'Pastoral' at the 2015 Proms:


‘Memorable for all the right reasons’
Guardian


“Nicholas Collon coaxed a wonderfully clear-running duet from principal flautist Jane Mitchell and oboist Thomas Barber in the second movement. The third movement, meant to represent a country dance, actually felt like one. When the storm arrived, it was as if the festivities had been interrupted by the weather, and you realised that the atmosphere had been ionised for a while. Nature, being the subject, felt natural again.”
Telegraph


“an invigorated, liberated performance… With vivacious, fearless playing like this, the reputations of the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon are set to soar even higher.”
Music OMH

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Nicholas Collon conducts the Brussels Philharmonic at Festival Musiq’3

17 June 2016

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Flagey, Brussels

Nicholas Collon returns to Belgium to conduct the Brussels Philharmonic at the Flagey, Brussels, on 1 July 2016. The concert marks the start of Festival Musiq'3, which this year aims to bridge musical traditions from Europe and Asia.


Collon conducts an all-Ravel programme of Oiseaux tristes, Shéhérazade with soprano Anne-Catherine Gillet, Piano Concerto in G major with award-winning pianist David Kadouch and La Valse.


The concert follows Collon’s critically acclaimed performance featuring Ravel’s Piano Concerto, Oiseaux tristes and La Valse at the BBC Proms last year.


“Nicholas Collon’s conducting seemed almost 'scoreless', such was his ease in the music, and the entire ensemble displayed crisp articulation and a keen sense of timing.”
Bachtrack


Later this month, Collon returns to the BBC Proms with his Aurora Orchestra as they perform Mozart Symphony No. 41 from memory.

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Nicholas Collon joins Intermusica for worldwide management

07 June 2016

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We are delighted to announce that the exciting British conductor Nicholas Collon is joining the Intermusica roster for general management.


“A born communicator as well as an innovative programmer, and high-calibre interpreter of a wide range of repertoire”
London Evening Standard


His elegant conducting style, searching musical intellect and inspirational music-making have ensured that, at 33, he is already a regular guest with orchestras such as the Philharmonia, BBC Philharmonic, CBSO, Danish Radio Symphony and Capitole de Toulouse amongst many; debuts this spring included DSO Berlin and Gurzenich Orchestra Cologne, with Finnish Radio Symphony coming up.


He is Founder and Principal Conductor of the ground-breaking Aurora Orchestra, Associate Orchestra at London’s Southbank Centre and annual visitors to the BBC Proms since 2010, where on 31 July they return to play Mozart’s 'Jupiter' Symphony entirely from memory. From 2016/17 he is also Principal Conductor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague.

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Sarah Tynan joins Nicholas Collon & the Aurora Orchestra for Britten Les Illuminations at Aldeburgh Festival

27 May 2016

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Sarah Tynan joins Nicholas Collon and the Aurora Orchestra as well as an ensemble of international circus performers this month for a specially staged production of Britten Les Illuminations at the Aldeburgh Festival on 10 June 2016. Nicholas Collon conducts the production, which has been devised and directed by Struan Leslie. Tynan sings Britten’s famous song cycle while interacting with the circus performers on stage. There are two further performances of Les Illuminations on 12 and 13 June.


Tynan can also be seen as Annchen in Weber Der Freischütz in the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment’s 30th Anniversary concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 7 June 2016. Sir Mark Elder conducts the semi-staged performance, which also features Wyn Pencarreg as Kuno, Rachel Willis-Sørenson as Agathe, Simon Bailey as Kaspar, and Sir John Tomlinson as the narrator.


Collon and the Auroras return to the BBC Proms on 31 July, when they perform a programme of Wolfgang Rihm Gejagte Form, R. Strauss Oboe Concerto with soloist François Leleux and Mozart Symphony No. 41 'Jupiter'.

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Intermusica represents Nicholas Collon worldwide

Stephen Lumsden
Managing Director
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Susie Mcleod
Director, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9920
smcleod@intermusica.co.uk

Sana Khan
Artist & Project Manager
+44 20 7608 9923
skhan@intermusica.co.uk

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