Nicholas Kok is an extremely versatile conductor and musician. In the concert hall, the opera house and on radio he has conducted numerous world and British premieres, including works by Birtwistle, Holt, Maxwell Davies, Reich, Turnage and Xenakis. From May 1996 until May 2006 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of sinfonia ViVA, with which he performed an extremely large and varied repertoire. He was recently appointed the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor.
Besides sinfonia ViVA, other orchestras and ensembles he has worked with include the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Radio Sinfonie Berlin, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, Hallé, Strasbourg Philharmoniqe, Het Gelders Orkest, Liepaja Symphony, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Psappha, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Jenaer Philharmonie, Philippines Philharmonic, RNCM and the Almeida, Endymion, Nash, Premiere, Remix and Resonanz Ensembles.
He also works frequently with the BBC Singers and Schola Cantorum of Oxford. He has recorded regularly for radio (including a huge number of recordings with the BBC Singers) and television, and has written and arranged music for both medium as well as working as banda conductor on numerous recordings for Opera Rara and Chandos.