Erik Nielsen

Conductor

Management

Jonathan Groves
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Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Erik Nielsen worldwide

Biography

Erik Nielsen is a conductor equally at home in opera and in concert.

A pianist since an early age, he later studied oboe and harp at The Juilliard School and conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music. He moved to Germany in 2001 as a harpist of the Berlin Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy.

In 2002 he began a 10-year association with the Frankfurt Opera, beginning as a Korrepetitor (pianist) and later as a Kapellmeister. There he amassed a large repertoire from Monteverdi to Lachenmann.

Erik conducted the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra (Bilbao Orkesta Sinfonikoa) for the first time in 2012 in Korngold’s TOTE STADT and was named Chief Conductor in September 2015. Additionally he was Music Director of Theater Basel (2016-2018).

Upcoming projects for the 21/22 season include his debut with the Tiroler Festspiele Erl (Das Rheingold) and the world premier of a new opera by Manfred Trojahn with Dutch National Opera.   Additionally, he conducts the JONDE (Spanish National Youth Orchestra)  and returns to the Frankfurt Opera conducting Norma.

Recent engagements include Krenek’s KARL V for the Bayerische Staatsoper, Oedipus Rex, Il prigioniero and Pelléas et Mélisande at the Semper Oper Dresden, Peter Grimes and Trojahn’s Oreste at the Opernhaus Zürich, Billy Budd and Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern in Frankfurt, Usandizaga’s Mendi Mendiyan, Bach’s St. John’s Passion and Salome in Bilbao, and The Rake’s Progress in Budapest, in addition to concerts in Oslo, Manchester, Stockholm, Madrid, Strasbourg, Lisbon, Basel, Aspen Music Festival and at the Interlochen Arts Camp.

In 2009 he was awarded The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award by the Solti Foundation U.S.

Reviews

  • Singing the Praises of Greed and Naked Capitalism

    He drew dynamic playing from the excellent orchestra and seemed at home in a challenging score that blurs distinctions between opera, musical theater and 1920s German cabaret, evoking everything from Bach fugues to the foxtrot, from medieval chant to the tango, from Stravinsky orchestral barbarism to jazzy banjo and saxophone.

    Anthony Tommasini The New York Times
  • Erik Nielsen’s leadership of the concentrated orchestra was masterly…. The awestruck audience had held their breath for two hours, sharing the suffering on stage – a rare, unanimous storm of applause broke the tension at the end of the work.

    Culture Neue Presse

News

  • Erik Nielsen takes over Das Rheingold at the Munich Opera Festival
    29.06.21

    Erik Nielsen takes over Das Rheingold at the Munich Opera Festival

  • Erik Nielsen to conduct a new Ring at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, directed by Brigitee Fassbaender
    16.04.21

    Erik Nielsen to conduct a new Ring at the Tiroler Festspiele Erl, directed by Brigitee Fassbaender

  • Erik Nielsen to make his debut for the Bavarian State Opera Munich
    09.01.19

    Erik Nielsen to make his debut for the Bavarian State Opera Munich

  • Groves artists double in Basel
    24.08.16

    Groves artists double in Basel

  • Erik Nielsen appointed Chief Conductor of Bilbao Symphony Orchestra
    12.12.14

    Erik Nielsen appointed Chief Conductor of Bilbao Symphony Orchestra

  • Erik Nielsen appointed Music Director of the Theater Basel from 2016/17
    29.10.14

    Erik Nielsen appointed Music Director of the Theater Basel from 2016/17