drew immaculate performances from his
players and yet the music was only one element of this ingeniously conceived cross-arts programme.
There was something rather after-hours, too, about the sepulchral timbres that predominated: the sinister, rocking strings in the Nocturne, superbly balanced by the conductor, Nicholas Collon."
has a wonderful ability to find the song leaping within Brahms's heart, and this both lightened and energised a concerto often made over-portentous."
"…but even she couldn't match the starry debut of conductor Nicholas Collon.
Best known for his work with the Aurora Orchestra, Collon's work here maintained his characteristic lightness of touch, bringing out the pulsing offbeats of the Overture and bringing the same clarity of drama and swift pacing to the subsequent action."
Coliseum debut, Nicholas Collon
brings consistent flexibility and momentum to a reading that never for a moment hangs fire."
was making his
ENO conducting debut and enticed well-paced, zestful playing from the orchestra."
"Making his house debut, conductor Nicholas Collon delivers a lovingly-crafted and joyous account of Mozart's miraculous score."
enthusiasm as conductor-compère was obvious."
"Aurora's chief conductor Nicholas Collon guided us through the major works with panache.
"In fact, it all made you feel as though you wished Collon
and his Aurora Orchestra
would simply take over for all the Proms.
"A CD collection featuring Britain's brightest young ensemble, Aurora orchestra, and their hot conductor Nicholas Collon.
Anyone who's attended an Aurora Orchestra concert at Kings Place will know that twentysomething conductor Nicholas Collon is a force to be reckoned with.
looks as if butter wouldn't melt, but in action his
technique is disciplined as well as sufficiently free to get the flexibility he
's programming is as eclectic as Muhly's list of influences; this concert under Nicholas Collon
spanned four centuries, finishing with a scamper through the cartoonish Chamber Symphony by John Adams, Muhly's most obvious musical begetter."
"Matching its virtuosic flair and adventurous programming, Nicholas Collon
's London-based Aurora
Orchestra clearly has canny promotional skills too.
"But for me, the most pleasing moment of the night was to see the Ensemble award go to Aurora, a fabulous young chamber orchestra that in six years of existence has emerged as one of the most dynamic, innovative and open-minded groups of its kind - led by the young conductor, Nicholas Collon, who collected the pickle-fork."
So, with the concert going out live on Radio 3, the Aurora's founder, Nicholas Collon, found himself filling giant boots at very short notice."
"Yesterday evening's needs-must situation deprived us of a visit from the Aurora Orchestra's honorary patron, Sir Colin Davis - whose infection, we were glad to hear, was nothing serious - but I, for one, wanted to hear how this dazzling young ensemble's principal conductor and artistic director Nicholas Collon would fare in his master's shoes."
That's the achievement of the young conductor Nicholas Collon, but it's not the only one.
When there's a tricky new opera to be nursed into life, when a top orchestra has a difficult premiere that terrifies more senior conductors, when a promoter wants a bright young enthusiast to lead an extraordinary happening - such as the recent Frank Zappa festival at the Roundhouse - Collon
is their first port of call.
But there are signs that the 27-year-old Collon
, who made a well-reviewed Proms debut last summer, is also on the cusp of a major international career.'
'...this combined with a provocative and arresting staging to make Mahogany's double bill one of the most exciting and electrifying evenings I've spent at the opera in recent seasons....yet even this vibrant vocal quartet was upstaged by the brilliant playing of the Aurora
Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Collon
, whose feel for Stravinsky's
Russian colourings were beyond reproach.'
'...A cleverly designed show, a heroic costume team, much acting to die for, and vocals to match (plus a 21-strong band wreathed in in Krasa-like irony by conductor Nicholas Collon).
'Shostakovich's mighty Fourth Symphony, one of this composer's greatest and most original orchestral pieces, received a performance of considerable insight, revealing that Collon
knows this masterpiece very well, and equally knows how to get the best from this most excellent orchestra.'
Conductor Nicholas Collon recreated the magical textures of this Ligeti score, gossamer threads, crystalline chords and dancing, shimmering passages were simply beguiling.'