Nicholas Carter is the first Australian conductor to be appointed in nearly three decades by a state orchestra in Australia. The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra has named 29 year-old Carter as its new Principal Conductor, succeeding Arvo Volmer, who led the ASO for 10 years.
His appointment breaks a prolonged hiatus since the Sydney Symphony appointed the previous Australian, Stuart Challender, as its chief conductor way back in 1987.
Carter said in a press release: “I’m passionate about the merits of bringing classical music to as many people as possible and to engage not only the communities that already know about the ASO but also the communities that perhaps have had no experience or exposure to orchestral music so far”.
ASO’s managing director, Vincent Ciccarello, announced: “We are thrilled to publicly declare our solid belief in Australian musical talent: Nicholas Carter’s ability, musical personality and maturity belie his age.”
Melbourne-born Carter is currently Kapellmeister of the esteemed Deutsche Oper Berlin, having previously served as assistant to Music Director Simone Young at the Hamburg State Opera from 2011. Before that he was Associate Conductor of the Sydney Symphony, assisting Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The ASO has also engaged Jeffrey Tate as Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Adviser, and violinist-conductor Pinchas Zukerman as Artist-in-Association. All three will start in 2016.