Guest Conductors & Directors



Nicholas Kraemer has been making music with Camerata for over 30 years.

Equally at home in front of modern and period orchestras, Nicholas Kraemer enjoys a busy schedule of international engagements. He currently holds the positions of Permanent Guest Conductor of Manchester Camerata, Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago and Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra.

Appearing worldwide with many prestigious ensembles Nicholas Kraemer has conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Halle and BBC Philharmonic Orchestras. In addition, he has long-established relationships with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Musikkollegium Winterthur. Recent seasons have included his débuts with the Detroit, Colorado and West Australia Symphony Orchestras. He maintains links with the younger generation of musicians through collaborations with the El Sistema orchestras in Venezuela, Young Sinfonia, Aspen Summer School and joint endeavours with the Manchester Camerata and Royal Northern College of Music.

Opera projects have taken him to Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Geneva and Marseilles. He has conducted The Magic Flute and Handel’s Jephtha for English National Opera, Agrippina for Theater Aachen and L’Incoronazione di Poppea for Central City Opera, Colorado and Le Nozze di Figaro for Den Nye Opera, Bergen. Opera plans included Idomeneo for Grange Park Opera.

Amongst Nicholas Kraemer’s recordings are several discs of Vivaldi for Naxos; Locatelli, Tartini Durante, Pergolesi and Leo for Hyperion; Handel’s Rodelinda for Virgin Classics, Handel Oratorio Duets on BIS and works by Thea Musgrave for Collins Classics. He has contributed to several feature films, most notably as Baroque Music Director for The Madness of King George.



Gordan Nikolitch was born in 1968 and began learning the violin at the age of seven. He studied with the violinist and conductor Jean-Jacques Kantorow at the Basle Music Academy, obtaining his teaching diploma in 1987 and his diploma in solo violin studies in 1990. During this period he developed his interest in Baroque and contemporary music, and worked closely with composers Witold Lutoslawski and György Kurtág.

In 1990 he was appointed Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of the Auvergne. He appeared frequently with this orchestra as a soloist and as a conductor. In 1997 Gordan Nikolitch was appointed Leader of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, relinquishing this post in 1998 to become Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 he also became Leader of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

Gordan Nikolitch has won many international prizes, and has performed regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Suisse-Romande, the Basle Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Combattimento Consort, Amsterdam. He is a distinguished chamber musician, having appeared with many renowned ensembles, and with his own trio. In October 2006 he was appointed Principal Guest Director of Manchester Camerata.  He has recorded extensively for the Olympia, Lyrinx and Cyrius labels, exploring the rarer violin repertoire. Gordan Nikolitch plays a violin made by Lorenzo Storoni, dating from 1776.


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