Erik Nielsen

Conductor

Management

Jonathan Groves
jg@grovesartists.com

Fiona Wells
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Groves Artists represents Erik Nielsen worldwide

Biography

Erik Nielsen became Chief Conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in September 2015 and served as Music Director of Theater Basel from 2016 – 2018. In 2002 he began a 10-year association with the Frankfurt Opera, starting as Korrepetitor (pianist) and later as Kapellmeister.  One year prior to this, he was a harpist in the Berlin Philharmonic as a member of its Orchester-Akademie.

Erik studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and received his bachelor’s degree in both oboe and harp performance at The Juilliard School.

Upcoming projects for the 19/20 season include Die Meistersinger in Oslo, a tour of China with the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, in addition to concerts in Madrid, Manchester, and his return to the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Recent engagements include Krenek’s Karl V for the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, 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, Stockholm, Madrid, Strasbourg, Lisbon, Basel, Aspen 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 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

  • Erik Nielsen to make Zurich Opera Debut
    20.05.14

    Erik Nielsen to make Zurich Opera Debut

  • Erik Nielsen to conduct Verdi’s Forza del Destino in Luxembourg
    30.09.13

    Erik Nielsen to conduct Verdi’s Forza del Destino in Luxembourg