Nicholas Kraemer

“Kraemer underlined a few harmonic hairpin turns in the first movement and brought crackling verve to the blistering fugue.”

Chicago Tribune

Music of the Baroque’s principal guest conductor since 2002, Nicholas Kraemer began his career as a harpsichordist, quickly moving from playing continuo at the back of the orchestra to directing from the harpsichord at the front. While performing with the English Chamber Orchestra in the 1970s, his repertory widened, taking in the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the Baroque. In 1978, he formed Raglan Baroque Players.

From 1983 to 1985, Mr. Kraemer was Associate Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and from 1986 to 1992 he was Artistic Director of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He was Artistic Director of the London Bach Orchestra from 1985 to 1993, and is currently the permanent guest conductor of the Manchester Camerata.

Nicholas Kraemer has appeared with Kioi Sinfonietta and Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan, the Berlin Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orquesta Sinfonica de Sevilla, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Israel Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, and numerous other groups.

In addition to his appearances with Music of the Baroque, highlights of the current season include conducting orchestras in Japan, Norway, Iceland and Portugal, as well as leading a production of Handel's Rinaldo at Trinity College of Music, London. Recent engagements include appearances with the Chicago and Colorado Symphonies and West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He has also been appointed Principal Guest Conductor of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra, Norway.

Mr. Kraemer’s opera repertoire ranges from Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and L’Incoronazione di Poppea to 19th- and 20th-century works including Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos; Britten’s Albert Herring, Noye’s Fludde, and Paul Bunyan; and Stephen Oliver’s Tom Jones, The Beauty and the Beast, and Euridice. He has conducted many Handel operas including Arianna in Creta, Lotario, Tolomeo, Arminio, Ariodante, Il Pastor Fido, Rinaldo, and Orlando, as well as the major Mozart operas. He conducted at Glyndebourne from 1980 to 1983, and was the first music director of Opera 80, now English Touring Opera. Among his most recent opera engagements, he conducted The Magic Flute and Handel’s Jephtha at English National Opera, Agrippina for Theater Aachen (Germany), and made his U.S. opera début with Central City Opera (Colorado) in L’Incoronazione di Poppea.

Among Nicholas Kraemer’s recordings are several discs of Vivaldi concertos with City of London Sinfonia for Naxos; Locatelli concerto grossi, Tartini violin concertos and concertos by Durante, Pergolesi, and Leo with Elizabeth Wallfisch and Raglan Baroque Players for Hyperion; Handel’s Rodelinda for Virgin Classics; and works by Thea Musgrave with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Collins Classics. He has contributed to several feature films, most notably as Baroque music director for The Madness of King George.