St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London St Bartholomews Orchestra, amateur orchestra in South London

Conductor: Nicholas Kohn

Nicholas Kohn, Conductor of St Bart's Orchestra

Nicholas Kohn began studying viola at age 9 in Atlanta, Georgia. By the age of 12, he was studying viola and conducting with Thomas Ludwig, a graduate of Juilliard, pupil of Leonard Bernstein, and an active composer. It was at this time that he met Juan Ramirez, a conductor and violinist in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who gave him lessons and sparked his passion for conducting.

At age 14, Nicholas relocated to Abu Dhabi, UAE, and quickly established himself with the UAE Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Philip Maier, where he became principal viola and assistant conductor, playing at the World Economic Forum, the Dubai International Trade Forum Expo, Atlantis, and the Meydan horse races with The Jacksons, Susan Boyle and George Fenton. With the recommendation of his school's Head of Music, Nicholas was invited to participate in the Young Musicians of the Gulf competition. He won the composition and conducting competition, his quintet won the ensemble prize, and he made it to the finals of the solo performance competition.

In 2015, he won the first prize at the President's Prize Competition at the North London Music Festival, where he was also nominated best Male Singer at the Rosenblatt Recital Competition. He was 'Highly Commended' in the Royal Academy's Elena Gerhardt Lieder Competition.

During the summers of 2013 and 2014, Nicholas attended a number of viola and conducting masterclasses in Austria, and is now in his third year at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying conducting with the esteemed British conductor, Adrian Brown, who was a pupil of Karajan, Boult and Davis.

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