Nicholas Milton


Nicholas Milton

Nicolas Milton is currently General Music Director of the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester.

He was the General Music Director of the State Opera House (Saarländisches Staatstheater) in Saarbrücken, Germany 2014-2018.  Recent productions include Tannhäuser, Der fliegende Holländer, Salome, Peter Grimes, Katya Kabanova, La bohème, 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.  He has also frequently conducted at the Volksoper in Vienna and at the Komische Oper in Berlin, as well as in Dortmund, Leipzig, Innsbruck and Sydney (Opera Australia).  Most recently, he has conducted La bohème and Madama Butterfly for Opera Australia, La bohéme and Salome (Saarbrücken), La traviata (Vienna) and his debut at Deutsche Oper Berlin conducting Cosi fan tutte.

Concert engagements include appearances with several leading orchestras in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Hungary, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Asia – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and Radiophilharmonie Hannover, SWR Radio Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Dortmund Philharmonic, Staatsorchester Wiesbaden, Staatsorchester Darmstadt and many others.

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 and Associate Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Violinist, for eight years, of Australia’s renowned Macquarie Trio.  He served as General Music Director of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 until 2010 and was Chief Conductor of the Innviertler Symphonie Orchester (Austria) from 2009 to 2017.   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).

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. Numerous forthcoming CD recordings with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern are currently scheduled for release on the Onyx and CPO labels.

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.

Nicholas Milton