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Artist Hyperion Records

Nicholas Kok (conductor)

Nicholas Kok studied at New College, Oxford, and London’s Royal College of Music. He has served as Principal Guest Conductor of the WDR Choir, Cologne, and from 1996 to 2006 was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Sinfonia Viva, with which he is now Principal Guest Conductor. He has toured and recorded extensively with the contemporary music ensemble Psappha, and has collaborated with leading orchestras throughout the UK and Europe.

In opera, Nicholas has conducted numerous performances for English National Opera; he made his debut with Opera North conducting the premiere of Simon Holt’s The Nightingale’s to Blame at the Huddersfield Festival, where he also conducted the British premiere of Hindenburg, the first part of a major work by Steve Reich. He made his debut at the Staatsoper Stuttgart with Purcell’s King Arthur; directed The Marriage of Figaro and a new production of Semele for Cologne Opera; and conducted Alceste and Iphigenie en Aulide for Leipzig Opera. Nicholas played a large part in setting up Almeida Opera, for which he conducted Stephen Oliver’s Mario the Magician, and has conducted numerous productions for Opera Factory London and Opera Factory Zurich, as well as productions for Scottish Ballet and Birmingham and Stockholm Royal ballets.

Orchestras and ensembles he has worked with include the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, Halle, Het Gelders Orkest, Munich Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Jenaer Philharmonie, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Orquestra Nacional do Porto and the BBC Singers.

In the concert hall, in opera and for radio he has conducted numerous world and British premieres, including works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Simon Holt, Mark-Anthony Turnage and Xenakis.


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