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 there include The Flying Dutchman, Peter Grimes, Tosca, Madama Butterfly, La Bohème, Falstaff, Un ballo in maschera, Rigoletto, Hänsel und Gretel, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute. Also 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.
engagements include appearances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, SWR Radio
Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Deutsche Radio
Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic,
Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Staatsorchester Darmstadt, Orchester des
Nationaltheaters Mannheim, Staatskapelle Halle, Bremen Philharmonic, Sinfonia
Varsovia, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana and Bruckner Orchester Linz. In
2013, he served as Assistant Conductor to Mariss Jansons on an extensive
European and United States tour with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
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 Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1996–2002) and leader of Australia’s renowned Macquarie Trio (1998-2005). He served as General Music Director of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 until 2010. Since 2001, he has been Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (Sydney, Australia) and, since 2007, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (Australia). He is also Chief Conductor of the Innviertler Symphony Orchestra (Austria).
Alte Feuerwache, Saarbrücken