British conductor Nicholas Collon is “a born communicator as well as an innovative programmer, and high-calibre interpreter of a wide range of repertoire” (London Evening Standard). He is Founder and Principal Conductor of the ground-breaking Aurora Orchestra, Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Residentie Orkest in The Hague, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Guerzenich Orchester in Cologne. His elegant conducting style, searching musical intellect and inspirational music-making have prompted guest invitations from orchestras such as the DSO Berlin, Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Les Siècles as well as many of the leading British orchestras and ensembles including the Philharmonia, Hallé, and City of Birmingham Symphony. In 2018/19 Collon makes his North American debut with the Toronto Symphony and his Japan debut with the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony. He will also conduct the Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France and Orchestre National de Lyon for the first time, and returns to Oper Koeln for Peter Grimes after his Don Giovanni last season. Under Collon’s artistic direction, Aurora Orchestra have forged an enviable reputation in the UK and increasingly abroad. As Resident Orchestra at Kings Place, they are midway through a 5-year cycle of the complete Mozart Piano Concertos, and as Associate Orchestra at the Southbank Centre they are reinventing the concert format with their ‘Orchestral Theatre’ Series. They have appeared at the BBC Proms every year since 2010, often performing entire symphonies from memory, and have also become regular visitors to leading European venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Cologne Philharmonie.