Portrait of Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Michael Smith, OBE is currently the artistic director and chief conductor of the Peking Sinfonietta and the International Festival Chorus, both based in Beijing, China. Both offer regular seasons featuring the world’s top soloists.

Under Smith’s direction over the past ten years, the Peking Sinfonietta is now widely recognised as offering China’s most innovative programming and authentic performances, while the International Festival Chorus is acclaimed as the PRC’s best choir and the only group in mainland China working consistently to introduce the western choral-symphonic repertoire to Chinese audiences in Beijing and beyond.

He has worked with many groups worldwide, including Teatro Lirico di Spoleto and Les Percussions Claviers de Lyon, and in Asia, the Asia Philharmonic Orchestra, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, the China National Film Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra.

Over the last 10 years, Smith has conducted and helped to bring about numerous concerts of significance to the development of western music in China, including PRC first performances of works ranging from Bach’s St John Passion to Elgar’s The Music Makers and Britten’s Spring Symphony, as well as the PRC’s first ever fully staged Broadway musical Lady in the Dark, which featured stars from London’s West End.