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Erik Nielsen

  • Conductor


Erik Nielsen: During the 2007/8 season he conducted concerts with both the Frankfurt and Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestras as well as a concert at the Heidelberg “Frühling” Festival featuring works by Pintscher, Rihm and Saariaho. In the summer 2007 he attended Tanglewood, conducting orchestral and chamber concerts and assisting James Levine with Don Carlo He returned to Tanglewood in 2008, where he conducted a production of Weill’s Mahagonny.

In January 2009 Erik Nielsen made his London debut conducting The Magic Flute for English National Opera. In September 2009 he was awarded the $25,000 Solti Fellowship by the US Solti Foundation.

In March 2010 Erik Nielsen made his US opera debut with Ariadne auf Naxos for Boston Lyric Opera and in December 2010 he will conduct The Magic Flute for the Metropolitan Opera New York. European engagements in 2010/11 include the German premiere of Reimann’s latest opera Medea in Frankfurt and his Dresden debut with Henze’s Gisela at the Semper Oper. In April 2010 he will made his UK concert debut with the Northern Sinfonia.

In 2005-6, Erik Nielsen served as assistant to Christoph Eschenbach on the production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle directed by Bob Wilson at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. In previous seasons he has conducted the Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt and in Brussels (Ars musica festival) and led the project, Offenbachiade, resulting in the performance of his original orchestrations of six operas by Offenbach at the Opera Frankfurt.

In the US, Erik Nielsen has conducted the New World Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the American Academy of Conducting as Aspen, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, and the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. His European conducting debut took place in Victoria Hall with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. He also conducted the Orchestre Pasdeloup in Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the orchestra of the Oper Frankfurt. As an orchestral musician he has played professionally under conductors such as Abbado, Barenboim, Conlon, Dutoit, Janssons, Levine, Maazel, Mackerras, Masur, Nagano, Previn, Rattle, Salonen, Slatkin, Tilson Thomas and Zinman.