The Carinthian Symphony Orchestra (KSO), which is based at the Klagenfurt City Theater, will be directed by the Australian Nicholas Milton from the 2021/2022 season. The new chief conductor was introduced today at a press conference by theater director Aron Stiehl. Milton was General Music Director at the Saarland State Theater in Saarbrücken from 2014 to 2018, and since August 2018 he has been Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra (GSO).
Milton succeeds Nicholas Carter, who is moving to Bern. The 53-year-old Milton studied violin, conducting, music theory and philosophy at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School of Music, among others. At the age of 19 he became concertmaster of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and began a successful career as a solo violinist and chamber musician before turning exclusively to conducting. He is no stranger to the orchestra; he conducted the KSO once three years ago.
Season opening with “Walküre”
“We all hope that the city theater will soon be able to leave the dark times of the pandemic behind, and I look forward to creating a future-oriented foundation that will bring joy, inspiration and food for the soul to our audience again,” said the future chief conductor. Stiehl emphasized Milton’s international reputation and said of the collaboration with the orchestra: “The chemistry is right.” The 2021/2022 season is to open in autumn with Richard Wagner’s “Walküre”.