Nicol˛ Foron *


Nicol˛ Umberto Foron was born in 1998 in Genova, Italy as son of an Italian mother and a German father. Because both of his parents are musicians he was surrounded by music since his birth.

In July 2019 he was selected by Riccardo Muti as a conductor of the Italian Opera Academy in Ravenna, he cooperated with the Riccardo Muti in the rehearsals for Le nozze di Figaro and conducted also at the final concert.

From early age, Nicol˛ was supported and developed by renowned artists and teachers. His first education was in piano, with 9 years of age he became a student of Karl-Heinz Kńmmerling at the University of Music Hannover, with 14 years he became a student of Anatol Ugorski at the University of Music Detmold and finally he was taught by David Kuijken at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. As he has skipped 2 classes in school he graduated already with 16 from High School.

Nicol˛ had the great luck to be discovered by Jorma Panula and with only 11 years, he became his student. The intensive coaching shaped Nicol˛ greatly. Besides the lessons in Finland, Panula invited him from an early age to work with professional orchestras and do concerts with them. In this way Nicol˛ could not only develop his conducting but also build up a brought symphonic repertoire. 2013-2014 he was also a student of Leonid Grin at the Jńrvi Academy, Estonia.

In 2013 with 15 years he was selected as one of the final 20 candidates of the 53. Concours international de jeunes chefs d'orchestre of Besanšon.

These experiences paved the ground for his further conducting studies. From 2014 he studied Bachelor of conducting and also the renowned Nationale Master Orkestdirectie at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In January 2019 he has graduated at the Conservatory van Amsterdam. His teachers in Amsterdam were Ed Spanjaard and Lukas Vis. He also was mentored by Jac van Steen and Anthony Hermus. From September 2019 Nicol˛ will continue his studies as a master student in London at the Royal College of Music.

During his stay in The Netherlands, Nicol˛ took the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of modern music. He had composition lessons, among others with JoŰl Bons and he collaborated with contemporary composers in concerts and opera performances. Nicol˛ conducted the world premiere of the short opera Verbena by Boris Bezemer at the National Opera in the Opera Forward Festival Amsterdam. The premiere of Kamisama by Frieda Joanna at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam followed in 2018, as well as the world premiere of the opera production Totem by David Ko at the Academy of Theater and Dance in Amsterdam. In the same year Nicol˛ conducts the world premiere of the Dutch opera Niet de Klucht van de Koe by Brechtje van Dijk in the Grachtenfestival Amsterdam.

In February 2019 he was selected to be part of the Peter E÷tv÷s Academy for conducting and worked together with Heinz Holliger and Peter E÷tv÷s. The exchange with these important composers was very important to him.

With 17 years, Nicol˛ was invited by Bernhard Haitink to his masterclass at the Luzern Festival. 2017 and 2018 he took part in a masterclasses of Daniele Gatti at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He has worked with Marc Albrecht and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in symphonic and also opera repertoire.

Nicol˛ often performs as a concert pianist with his younger sister Mira Marie Foron, Violin.

In the Netherlands, he is supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds/Prince Bernhard Culture Fund


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