B I O G R A P H Y
Nicholas Owen McRoberts (b. 1977) is an Australian composer and conductor of classical music. He studied music in Australia, before moving to Paris, France where he lives today. His Symphony No. 1 From the Old World was premiered by the Sofia Philharmonic in 2022 with the composer conducting. His Adagio for Strings was commissioned for the Nürtinger Chamber Orchestra and first performed on November 14, 2021, conducted by Friederike Kienle. It was written during the Covid lockdowns and recorded with the Janaček Philharmonic in March 2021. The French première was given by the Ensemble Orchestral de Biarritz, conducted by Yves Bouillier in July 2022.
In September 2019 he was named conductor of the Orchestre Démos du Grand Verdun with the Philharmonie de Paris. In 2018 he was named artistic director of Opéra Montmartre in Paris.In 2017 he collaborated with the French choreographer Nawel Oulad on a ballet Les Tisseuses de Silence and a duo Femme au Piano for the Semaine de la Danse in Paris which were performed in the Festival Les Aliennes and the Festival Appel de la Lune.
His Violin Concerto was recorded in 2017 with the Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra. His operas include Lyon (2016) premiered by the Ruse State Opera in July 2016, and Nera (2017) adapted from the play Devojka Modre Kose (The Girl with the Midnight Blue Hair) written by the Serbian playwright Vida Ognjenović.
Nicholas McRoberts was born in Melbourne in 1977 and grew up in Ballarat. He studied piano with Anna Jurkewicz and Bruce Keck while a student at Ballarat and Clarendon College. He went on to study piano and composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. While tutoring at Trinity College, Melbourne, he founded the Trinity College Chamber Orchestra. He studied conducting with Robert Rosen, Jorma Panula and Dejan Savić. After moving to France, he continued studies at the Conservatoire de Paris (CNSMDP) under János Fürst and at the Ecole Normale (Conservatoire Cortot).