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Nicholas Milton

Renowned for his charismatic stage presence, powerful interpretations and compelling musical integrity, Nicholas Milton has established a notable reputation as one of Australia’s finest conductors.

He has served since 2014 as General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Opera House (Saarländisches Staatstheater) in Saarbrücken, Germany and will make his debut at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2018. Nicholas Milton also holds posts in Australia as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor of Sydney’s Willoughby Symphony Orchestra.

Concert engagements include appearances with leading orchestras throughout Germany, Austria, Switzerland, England, Hungary, France, Spain, the Netherlands and Asia, among them, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg and Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Stuttgart Philharmonic, Bruckner Orchester Linz, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, and Sinfonia Varsovia.

Nicholas Milton studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at the Juilliard School in New York. He was Concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (1996-2002) and Violinist of Australia’s Macquarie Trio (1998-2005), and General Music Director of the Jena Philharmonic Orchestra (2004–2010).  
Nicholas Milton’s discography includes over 50 CD recordings. He was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for a recording with the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken. In 2001, Dr. Milton was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society and the Advancement of Music and 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.