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Nicolò Foron - Conductor


Nicolò 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.

From early age, Nicolò 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 Kämmerling 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.

Besides piano, he was supported from early age in conducting. He had the great luck to be discovered by Jorma Panula and with only 11 years, he became his student. The intensive coaching shaped Nicolò greatly. Besides the lessons in Finland Panula invited him from an early age to work with professional orchestras and do concerts with them. Within these masterclasses, Nicolò could not only develop his conducting but also build up a broad symphonic repertoire. 2013-2014 he was also a student of Leonid Grin at the Järvi 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 Besançon.

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 Nicolò will continue his studies as a master student in London at the Royal College of Music.

During his stay in the Netherlands, he had the opportunity to deepen his knowledge of modern music. Important for was on the one hand the composition lessons, among others with Joël Bons, but also the close cooperation with many contemporary composers. He also organized his own concerts and opera productions, such as the Opera Forward Festival or the Grachtenfestival. Nicolò conducted the world premiere of the short opera Verbena by Boris Bezemer at the National Opera in 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 Nicolò conducts the world premiere of the Dutch opera Niet de Klucht van de Koe by Brechtje van Dijk.

Besides his concerts, Nicolò has already worked with important conductors. With 17 years he was invited by Bernhard Haitink to his masterclass at the Luzern Festival. 2017 and 2018 he took part in a masterclasses of Daniele Gatti in Amsterdam. He has worked together multiple times with Marc Albrecht in symphonic and also Opera repertoire with the Netherlands Philharmonie Orchestra.

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

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.

Nicolò has assisted many important conductors. In 2013-2014 with 15 years he got the great experience to assist Lorin Maazel. He also has assisted Herbert Blomstedt, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Christoph Eschenbach, Thomas Hengelbrock, Jun Märkl, David Robertson, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Jonathan Nott.

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

submission December 2019

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