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
Chief Conductor, Innviertler Symphonie Orchester
Nicholas Milton has established an outstanding reputation for his charismatic stage presence and powerful interpretations of an extensive repertoire spanning both concert and opera. Renowned for his dynamic conducting style and compelling musical integrity, he 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 fifty performances each season. His current productions include Tannhäuser, The Flying Dutchman, Peter Grimes, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, Katja Kabanova, Falstaff, Un ballo in maschera, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Also a regular guest at several leading opera houses, he has appeared for six consecutive seasons as conductor at the Volksoper in Vienna (La traviata, Carmen, Hänsel und Gretel, Die Fledermaus, The Magic Flute) and at the Komische Oper in Berlin (The Tales of Hoffmann, Carmen, Die Fledermaus). Other recent productions include The Flying Dutchman in Dortmund, Don Giovanni in Leipzig, The Girl of the Golden West (La Fanciulla del West) and The Magic Flute in Innsbruck, Don Pasquale in Linz, Carmen in Mainz, Tosca in Sydney, Die Fledermaus in Stuttgart, and The Magic Flute in Munich. Concert engagements include appearances with leading orchestras in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Hungary, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Asia.
Milton's discography includes some 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. In 2001, Dr. Milton was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Advancement of Music. In 2015, he was invited by the Australian Prime Minister to join the Australia-Germany Advisory Group. In 2016, he was named a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Significant Service to the Arts as Musician, Conductor and Artistic Director.