After graduating from the Conservation National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, Nicolas André founded the Festival d’Arromanches which he himself administrates as artistic and musical director. He also founded a youth orchestra which is associated to the festival for the presentation of a wide-spread symphonic repertoire from Mozart via Brahms and Stravinksky to Poulenc.

Hervé Niquet invited him to become associate conductor at the Concert Spirituel while Kent Nagano asked him to join the Hamburg State Opera as his musical assistant. Two great, highly sensible musicians recognize Nicolas André as a strong, outstandingly compelling personality.

In 2018/19 he conducted L’elisir d’amore at the Hamburg State Opera as well as the world premiere of the Opera Thérèse by Philipp Maintz at the Salzburg Easter Festival and at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. His plans in 2019/20 include Die Zauberflöte and Carmen at the Hamburg State Opera as well as a new production of La Belle Hélène at the Theater St Gallen and a new production of La Sylphide (ballet) at the Bordeaux Opera.

Nicolas André has also appeared as guest-conductor of the Orchestre national Bordeaux Aquitaine, the Orchestre national de Montpellier, the Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy, the Orchestre lyrique de Région Avignon Provence, the Brussels Philharmonic and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.