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Nicholas Carter


Principal Conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

Management: Australasia and Non-Exclusive Asia

Fantastic Symphony, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, December 2016
´….Messiaen, Carter and the ASO created a very fine performance, which beautifully captured the work’s energy and pathos”.   “…Carter’s refined conducting technique, consisting of clarity, no-wasted energy and a genuine communication of his enthusiasm for what he is conducting…”. “…Berliz’s Symphonie Fantastique  - Carter and the ASO demonstrated what a refined group of musicians they are”.
Christopher Wainwright, Classical Music/Limelight Magazine 2 December  2016

Iconic Beethoven, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
“…Rarely has the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra been led by a conductor of such strong personality as Nicholas Carter….The skills of this young man, along with his aptitude for German repertoire, came across even more forcefully in this, his first Master Series concert as principal conductor of the ASO”.
Graham Strahle, The Australian, 21 March 2016

 La Traviata - State Opera of South Australia
".…the State Opera SA Chorus and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Carter are in top form”…
Graham Strahle, The Australian, 8 May 2014

 Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mozart in the City
“…it had the characteristic patched-together quality of much transcribed theatre music, with quick changes of mood from exaggerated pathos, to affected agitation, punctuated by a peremptory courtly call to attention, which acts as a refrain throughout.  ..... Nicholas Carter characterised these changes with vigour and careful shape, leading with precision and an instinct for gesture.  The Sydney Symphony’s performance under Carter, stylishly led by Dene Olding, flounced with sophisticated solos and mock dramatics.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 July 2012

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Principal Conductor Nicholas Carter is fast establishing a career as a conductor of exceptional versatility, equally at home in the concert hall and the opera house, and fluent in a diverse repertoire. 

Nicholas’ 2016/2017 season includes not only concerts with Adelaide Symphony but debuts with MDR Leipzig, Oregon Symphony, The Florida Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Lille, Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Don Pasquale) and Kärntner Sinfonieorchester for a special New Year’s programme at Stadttheater Klagenfurt. He also returns to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian National Academy of Music, and to Sydney Symphony Orchestra for Symphony in the Domain. 

Closely associated with the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where for the past 2 seasons he served as Kapellmeister and musical assistant to Donald Runnicles, Nicholas has conducted a wide repertoire including La Bohème, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Hänsel und Gretel, Carmen, Le Nozze di Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, The Rape of Lucretia, L'Elisir d'Amore and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (with Staatsballet Berlin). 

Other recent engagements include Queensland Symphony Orchestra for a gala concert with Maxim Vengerov and concerts with Dallas Symphony Orchestra. 

Nicholas was previously Kapellmeister at the Hamburg State Opera, as well as serving as musical assistant to Music Director Simone Young. This engagement followed a three-year association with the Sydney Symphony, first as Assistant Conductor, working closely with Vladimir Ashkenazy and a number of the orchestra’s guest conductors, and subsequently as Associate Conductor. 

In Hamburg, Nicholas conducted performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Cosi fan tutte, Lucia di LammermoorHänsel und Gretel, Cleopatra by Johan Mattheson and Orontea by Antonio Cesti. Furthermore, as Musical Assistant, he was heavily involved in the preparation of a vast repertoire, including in the presentation of 10 Wagner operas, from Rienzi to Parsifal as well as a complete Ring Cycle, to celebrate the bicentenary in 2013 of the composer's birth. 

As guest conductor, Nicholas has also conducted the StaatsorchesterBraunschweig, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Dalasinfoniettan Sweden and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a Gala with Diana Damrau as soloist. At the invitation of Donald Runnicles, Nicholas served as Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming from 2010-2013.  

In Australia, Nicholas enjoys collaborating regularly with many of the country’s finest orchestras and ensembles, such as the Sydney, West Australian, Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the State Opera of South Australia, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Australian Youth Orchestra.  He has also appeared with the Malaysian and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and led a Gala concert with the Sydney Symphony and Anne Sofie von Otter.

Nicholas Carter is managed by Graham Pushee: graham@artsmanagement.com.au
January 2017
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