Old Camberwell Grammarians' Association

Gallery of Achievement


Mr Nicholas S Carter (2003)

Nicholas Carter will return to Australia in 2015 to lead a major Australian symphony orchestra – the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

Nicholas’ career has taken him all over the world and has seen him work with a wide range of orchestras and musicians. From 2011 to mid-2014 he was Kapellmeister at the Hamburg State Opera, as well as serving as musical assistant to Music Director Simone Young. This engagement followed a three-year association with the Sydney Symphony, first as Assistant Conductor, working closely with Vladimir Ashkenazy and a number of the orchestra’s guest conductors, and subsequently as Associate Conductor.

In Hamburg, Nicholas conducted performances of Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Die Zauberflöte, Cosi fan tutte, Lucia di Lammermoor, Hänsel und Gretel, Cleopatra by Johan Mattheson and Orontea by Antonio Cesti. Furthermore, as Musical Assistant, he was heavily involved in the preparation of a vast repertoire, including in the presentation of 10 Wagner operas, from Rienzi to Parsifal as well as a complete Ring Cycle, to celebrate the bicentenary in 2013 of the composer’s birth.

As guest conductor, Nicholas has conducted the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Staatsorchester Braunschweig, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Dalasinfoniettan Sweden and the Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra in a Gala with Diana Damrau as soloist. At the invitation of Donald Runnicles, Nicholas served as Associate Conductor of the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming from 2010-2013.

In Australia, Nicholas enjoys collaborating regularly with many of the country’s finest orchestras and ensembles, such as the Sydney, West Australian, Melbourne, Adelaide and Queensland Symphony Orchestras, the State Opera of South Australia, Victorian Opera, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the Australian Youth Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Malaysian, and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras and in 2011, Nicholas led a Gala concert with the Sydney Symphony and Anne Sofie von Otter.