Nicholas Kok studied at New College, Oxford and the Royal College of Music. In both the concert hall and the opera house he has conducted numerous world and British premieres.
Opera productions include Orfeo, Il Ritorno d’Ulisse, The Fairy Queen, The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, King Priam, The Country of the Blind and Twice through the Heart for English National Opera, The Nightingale’s to Blame, Dido and Aeneas, Gluck Orfeo, Mark Simpson’s Pleasure and Kevin Puts’ Silent Night for Opera North, Don Giovanni for English Touring Opera, King Arthur, Gluck Orphée, L’incoronazione di Poppea, Hänsel und Gretel, L’italiana in Algieri, and Iphigenie in Aulide for Staatstheater Stuttgart, Le nozze di Figaro and Semele for Oper Koeln, Xerxes for Theater Magdeburg, L’elisir d’Amore in Porto, Agrippina for Teatro Sao Carlos Lisbon, Teseo and Cavalli’s Il Giasone in Klagenfurt, and L’incoronazione di Poppea for Opera Theater St Louis. He played a large part in setting up Almeida Opera where he premiered several new works.
Orchestras and ensembles he has worked with include the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Radio Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Ireland, Ulster Orchestra, Halle, Het Gelders Orkest, Munich Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Jenaer Philharmonie, Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, Orquestra Nacional do Porto and the BBC Singers.