The young French conductor Nicolas André has his own inimitable style. His energy and curiosity are seemingly boundless and his conducting style is clear-cut, precise and dynamic. No stranger to either the opera house or the concert hall, he is equally at home with early music, newly composed works, ballet and choral repertoire.
He has acquired extensive experience as a guest conductor with orchestras such as the Symphoniker Hamburg, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, the Orchestre National de Montpellier, the Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy, the Orchestre de Limoges, the Orchestre de Dijon, the Orchestre Lyrique de Région Avignon Provence, the Orchestre de Cannes-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the Concert Spirituel.
From 2018 to 2020 Nicolas André was the assistant conductor to Kent Nagano at the Staatsoper Hamburg.
He has also worked for several years with Hervé Niquet who appointed him Associate Conductor of the Concert Spirituel in 2017.
For the 2021/22 season he is continuing to work with the highly acclaimed Staatsoper Hamburg as guest conductor for several productions, including The Marriage of Figaro and Manon. He will return to France with the Concert Spirituel for Le Malade imaginaire (Molière/Charpentier) in Nantes and Reims, The Magic Flute at the Lyon Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse (CNSMD) and the ballet La Sylphide at the Opéra National de Bordeaux.
He was invited to conduct at the Salzburg Easter Festival in 2018 at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for the world premiere of the opera Thérèse by Philipp Maintz with staging by Georges Delnon.
During the 2020/21 season at the Hamburgische Staatsoper Nicolas André made a recording for Arte of Zimmermann's opera Weiße Rose staged by David Bösch and also conducted Pierrot Lunaire by Schoenberg (with videos by Luis Krawen) and La voix humaine by Poulenc (staging by Georges Delnon). He conducted the orchestras of Limoges and Dijon in symphony concerts and a new production of the ballet La Sylphide in Bordeaux.
In 2019/20 he conducted The Magic Flute (staging by Jette Steckel) at the Staatsoper Hamburg, a new production of La Belle Hélène in St Gallen (staging by Ansgar Weigner) and also L’Elisir d’Amore (staging by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle) at the Staatsoper de Hamburg in 2018.
Nicolas André graduated from the Lyon CNSMD. He was born in Arromanches where he created both a festival and an orchestra in order to explore the masterworks of the symphonic repertoire.