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Nicholas Collon

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Aurora Orchestra
Kings Place 90 York Way
London , London n1 9ag
United Kingdom

Company Description: Aurora Orchestra was founded in 2004 by conductors Robin Ticciati and Nicholas Collon. The orchestra's first season included concerts at the Cadogan Hall and LSO St...   more
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    Clare College
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Nicholas Collon is establishing an enviable reputation as a commanding and inspirational interpreter in an exceptionally wide range of music. As founder and Principal Conductor of Aurora Orchestra he has promoted imaginative programming that integrates challenging repertoire from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with masterworks of the Classical and Romantic eras. Nicholas and Aurora were winners of Best Ensemble at the 2011 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards and Nicholas is the recipient of the 2012 Critics' Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent.
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www.artsprofessional.co.uk, 22 Sept 2013 [cached]
NICHOLAS COLLON has been appointed Assistant Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2011/12 season. He is currently Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Aurora Orchestra.
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"Nicholas Collon and his musicians bring out all the magic of this lovely work's translucent orchestration."
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"Nicholas Collon's crystalline conducting of one of Britten's most original scores also puts the opera under a forensic light: all the music's nervous shudder and electric shimmer register at the highest pitch.
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"Nicholas Collon drew immaculate performances from his players and yet the music was only one element of this ingeniously conceived cross-arts programme.
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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."
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"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."
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"…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."
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Making his Coliseum debut, Nicholas Collon brings consistent flexibility and momentum to a reading that never for a moment hangs fire."
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Nicholas Collon was making his ENO conducting debut and enticed well-paced, zestful playing from the orchestra."
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"Making his house debut, conductor Nicholas Collon delivers a lovingly-crafted and joyous account of Mozart's miraculous score."
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Nicholas Collon's enthusiasm as conductor-compère was obvious."
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"Aurora's chief conductor Nicholas Collon guided us through the major works with panache.
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"In fact, it all made you feel as though you wished Collon and his Aurora Orchestra would simply take over for all the Proms.
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"A CD collection featuring Britain's brightest young ensemble, Aurora orchestra, and their hot conductor Nicholas Collon.
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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. When he speaks, he looks as if butter wouldn't melt, but in action his technique is disciplined as well as sufficiently free to get the flexibility he needs.
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Aurora'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."
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"Matching its virtuosic flair and adventurous programming, Nicholas Collon's London-based Aurora Orchestra clearly has canny promotional skills too.
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"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."
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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."
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"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."
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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.
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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.'
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'...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.'
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'...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). And poignancy? In swathes.'
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'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.'
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Conductor Nicholas Collon recreated the magical textures of this Ligeti score, gossamer threads, crystalline chords and dancing, shimmering passages were simply beguiling.'
Aurora Orchestra » Latest News
www.auroraorchestra.com, 4 Aug 2015 [cached]
The Telegraph'sJonathan McAloon wrote: "not being tied to the spot seemed, refreshingly, to make the performers bolder, as well as more bonded to their conductor's vision. [Nicholas] Collon coaxed a wonderfully clear-running duet from principal flautist Jane Mitchell and oboist Thomas Barber in the second movement.
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 Music OMH'sSteven Johnson (4.5 stars) described "an invigorated, liberated performance... With vivacious, fearless playing like this, the reputations of the Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon are set to soar even higher.
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Events include: the world premiere of a new commission by Scottish composer Martin Suckling â€" Psalm â€" at The Royal Academy (9 November 2015) to coincide with the opening of an exhibition of de Waal’s favourite white objects and paintings; an evening of poetry and music focused on the writings of Paul Celan, staged in partnership with Poet in the City at Kings Place (12 November 2015); and a performance of Hans Zender’s ‘composed interpretation’ of Schubert’s Winterreise as part of Spitalfields Music Winter Festival (8 December 2015) featuring tenor Allan Clayton, and prefaced by a special pre-concert talk between Edmund de Waal and Nicholas Collon.
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Under the artistic direction of Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon the orchestra has developed a reputation for marrying outstanding performance quality with creative programming, inspiring collaborations across art forms and musical genres, and innovative concert presentation.  Aurora is the youngest-ever recipient of the RPS Ensemble Award, and has recently announced a three-year recording agreement with Warner Classics. Over the past year the orchestra has toured to Italy, Brazil and Australia.
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The recording sessions took place at Fairfield Halls Croydon in November 2014, the venue where Britten and Pears recorded the Nocturne 50 years previously, with Aurora’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Director Nicholas Collon using the same conducting podium for these sessions as Britten himself.
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Nicholas Collon and the Aurora players will continue their journey of discovery at this year's Prom as they present Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, without music stands and printed notes.
Aurora's Principal Conductor & Artistic Director, Nicholas Collon, explains why he and the orchestra - having performed Mozart's Symphony No. 40 from memory at last year's BBC Proms - decided to play another symphony from memory at this year's Proms:
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"It says much for the orchestra’s imagination and that of its conductor, Nicholas Collon, that the disc has the true feel and immediacy of a live concert with an arresting variety of styles cohesively drawn into a glowingly organic whole… With such astute planning and with playing of the first order, this CD amounts to much more than the sum of its parts. Geoffrey Norris
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The performances, directed by Nicholas Collon, are crisp and bright, rising to virtuoso level in John Adams’s scintillating 'Chamber Symphony'. Richard Fairman
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"Aurora may be London-based but under co-founder Nicholas Collon, it sounds thoroughly at home in these transatlantic landscapes."
Management / Aurora Orchestra
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