Erik Nielsen

Conductor Peter Pan

Born in Iowa in 1977, Erik Nielsen played harp with the Berlin Philharmonic before becoming Kapellmeister of Frankfurt Opera from 2008 to 2012. He will become Music Director of Theater Basel in the 2016/17 season and Chief Conductor of Bilbao Symphony Orchestra in September 2015. He studied conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and received his Bachelor’s degree at the Juilliard School, New York. As an orchestral musician he has played professionally under conductors such as Barenboim, Dutoit, Mackerras, Previn, Rattle, Tilson Thomas and Zinman. Recent and future operatic engagements include The Magic Flute (Rome Opera); Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus and Henze’s Gisela!, as well as Karl May (Semper Oper Dresden); Cosi fan tutte (Teatro Nacional de Sao Carlos) and Reimann’s Lear (Malmo Opera). His work also includes Peter Grimes (Opernhaus Zurich), The Merchant of Venice (Bregenz Festival), the world premiere of Dai Fujikawa’s Solaris (Theatre des Champs-Elysees), The Rake’s Progress (Hungarian State Opera) and Carmen (Welsh National Opera). Concert engagements include performances with Chicago Civic Orchestra, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Orquestra Sinfonica Portuguesa, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Ensemble Modern, Junge Deustche Philharmonie, the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Northern Sinfonia.