First Australian chief conductor of national orchestra in 30 years

Adelaide has got bold.

It has named a man of 29 as the next principal conductor of its symphony orchestra.

And it has shouted out that no Australian orchestra has dared to appoint a local chief in three decades.

Nicholas Carter has been assistant to music director Simone Young at the Hamburg State Opera and now lives in Berlin, where he is kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper.

nicholas carter

He says: ‘I think my appointment comes at a really interesting time in the musical and cultural landscape in Australia and throughout the world, where orchestras and other cultural organisations are trying to redefine their relevance in the world in the 21st century.’

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  • Nicholas Milton (who began his career as concertmaster in Adelaide, by the way) became chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in 2007.

  • This is terrific news from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – the wonderful talented Nicholas Carter plus Jeffrey Tate and Pinchas Zukerman.

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