nicholas kraemer - conductor
Nicholas Kraemer began his career as a harpsichordist, quickly moving from playing continuo at the back of the orchestra to conducting and directing from the harpsichord at the front. In 1978 he formed Raglan Baroque Players and he has held the positions of Artistic Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the London Bach Orchestra and the Bath Festival Music Programme; Permanent Guest Conductor of the Manchester Camerata; Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra and Musikkollegium Winterthur and Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He was the first Music Director of Opera 80, now English Touring Opera. Kraemer is currently Principal Guest Conductor of Music of the Baroque, Chicago.
For the opera stage Kraemer is particularly associated with Handel and Mozart but has also conducted works of Britten and other 20th Century as well as contemporary composers. His Opera engagements have taken him to Paris, Lisbon, Amsterdam, Geneva, Marseilles, Bergen, Aachen and festivals such as Buxton, Grange Park and Central City.
On the concert platform Kraemer has conducted and directed Berlin Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Hallé, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bergen Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Colorado Symphony, West Australia Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Philharmonia Baroque, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia. Kraemer regularly works with young artists groups such as the Chicago Civic Orchestra, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, Opera Neo, Young Sinfonia, Royal Northern College of Music, El Sistema and the summer schools of Dartington and Aspen.
Kraemer’s discography includes recordings for BIS (Handel), Capriccio (Mozart), Collins Classics (Thea Musgrave), Hyperion (Locatelli, Tartini, Pergolesi, Rameau), Naxos (Vivaldi), Virgin Classics (Vivaldi, Rodelinda).