Nicholas Milton - Conductor


General Music Director and Chief Conductor, Saarländisches Staatstheater

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Canberra Symphony Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra
Principal Guest Conductor, Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock


Renowned for his charismatic stage presence, powerful interpretations and compelling musical integrity, conductor Nicholas Milton continues to attract international attention as one of the most outstanding Australian conductors working today.

Nicholas Milton is currently General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Opera House (Saarländisches Staatstheater) in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he conducts approximately forty performances each season. He has frequently conducted at the Volksoper in Vienna and at the Komische Oper in Berlin, as well as in Dortmund, Leipzig, Munich, Mainz, Linz, Innsbruck, and Sydney. Recent productions include Tannhäuser, Der fliegende Holländer, Peter Grimes, Katya Kabanova, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Fanciulla del West, Falstaff, Un ballo in maschera, La Traviata, Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen, Don Giovanni, Die Zauberflöte and Die Fledermaus. Forthcoming highlights include new productions of La Bohéme and Salome (Saarbrücken), La Traviata (Vienna) and his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2018 with Cosí fan tutte. Concert engagements include appearances with leading orchestras in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Hungary, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Asia.

Nicholas Milton’s discography includes about 50 CD recordings. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award in the category, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, for his recording with Joseph Moog of Piano Concertos by Grieg and Moszkowski.

Appointed as the youngest-ever concertmaster of a major Australian orchestra, Nicholas Milton enjoyed a distinguished career as a violinist and chamber musician before dedicating himself exclusively to conducting. He was General Music Director of the Jenaer Philharmonie and served until 2017 as Chief Conductor of the Innviertler Symphonie Orchester (Austria). Since 2001, he has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (Sydney) and, since 2007, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. He has recently been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Norddeutsche Philharmonie (Rostock) from the 2017/18 season.

Next concerts

22.12.2017 Saarländisches Staatstheater
LA BOHÈME

26.12.2017 Saarländisches Staatstheater
LA BOHÈME

29.12.2017 Großes Haus
NORDDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE ROSTOCK

30.12.2017 Großes Haus
NORDDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE ROSTOCK

31.12.2017 Großes Haus
NORDDEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE ROSTOCK

06.01.2018 Saarländisches Staatstheater
LA BOHÈME