Residentie Orkest The Hague has named the 34 year old Englishman Nicholas Collon as their Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor. Conductor and orchestra join forces for four years, starting from the 2018/2019 season. Top talent Nicholas Collon has been one of the two Principal Conductors of the Residentie Orkest since 2016. He will conduct a minimum of 8 weeks a season (6 weeks in 18/19).
The choice for Collon as Chief Conductor is a logical next step that suits the ambitions of the orchestra: to perform music to the highest level, to create contemporary links between tradition and innovation, and through the diverse education- and outreach program be relevant for as many people as possible in the international environment of The Hague.
Nicholas Collon: “I am hugely excited to deepen my relationship with this terrific orchestra. The personal commitment to excellence shown by the players, their collective ambition and their willingness to experiment, always make it a joy to return to The Hague. There is great anticipation of finally having a wonderful new hall, and I cannot imagine a better time to be part of the team here. I also feel very honoured to follow in the steps of a distinguished line of Chief Conductors – most recently, Neeme Jaervi, Jaap van Zweden, and Evgeny Svetlanov.”
For a transitional period the Residentie Orkest consciously operated a different structure with both Jan Willem de Vriend and Nicholas Collon acting as Principal Conductors. Jan Willem de Vriend will remain in his important role as Principal Conductor until the summer of 2019. Richard Egarr will intensify his collaboration with the Residentie Orkest when he returns as Principal Guest Conductor, starting 2019/20 and conducting minimum 3 weeks a season.
Artistic director Sven Arne Tepl about the appointment of Nicholas Collon: “Ever since he joined, the orchestra and Nicholas have shared intense and memorable musical experiences. The performances were excellently received by both the audience and the press. It is only logical for us to not just extend our exciting relationship with Nicholas but to also intensify it by changing his role to Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor. With this decision we choose for continuity of the artistic profile of an innovative high profile orchestra that performs music of all style periods in a well-informed manner, reaches out and shows great relevance as an ambassador of the international City of The Hague. It will be fantastic to work with Nicholas and Richard in developing plans for our new performing arts complex in the centre of The Hague, opening in 2020 and shared with the Koninklijk Conservatorium (Royal Conservatory) and the Nederlands Dans Theater.”
London born Nicholas Collon established the Aurora Orchestra in 2005, which quickly became an international sensation due to its creativity, high quality, broad artistic scope and innovative approach to the audience, and giving annual televised concerts at the BBC Proms. The Residentie Orkest is therefore proud that it has secured this young, energised trailblazer – who received the Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Talent in 2012 – initially as one of their two Principal Conductors, and now as Chief Conductor. Nicholas Collon has conducted, among others, the Philharmonia Orchestra, DSO Berlin, City of Birmingham Symphony, The Halle, Danish Radio Symphony and Orchestre Nationale du Capitole de Toulouse.
From season 2017/2018 he will also be Principal Guest Conductor of the Gürzenich-Orchester in Cologne.
In the season 2017/2018, alongside his regular subscription concerts Nicholas Collon will conduct a concert in the open-air Zuiderparktheater, the traditional Prinsjedagconcert , one of the concerts in the new concert format Masterclassics, and the first Symphonic Junction concert in pop-temple Paard van Troje. Repertoire will range from Tchaikovsky and Brahms to Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Anders Hillborg. Outside of The Hague, Nicholas Collon and the Residentie Orkest will perform in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam during Robeco Summer Nights and the renowned NTR Saturday Matinee, De Doelen in Rotterdam and in Germany.