Nicolas Ellis is the artistic director and founder of the Orchestre symphonique de l’Agora, an ensemble whose mission is to position the classical musician as an agent of social change within the community.. Since the beginning of the 2018-19 season, he has also been an artistic collaborator with the Orchestre Métropolitain.
Nicolas completed his master’s degree in conducting at McGill University with Alexis Hauser and perfected his skills at the Aspen Music Festival with Robert Spano. In the summer of 2019, he participated in the Académie du Verbier Festival where he served as assistant conductor for Valery Gergiev, among others.
Over the past two years, Nicolas Ellis has made his debut with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, Les Idées heureuses, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. He has also conducted the Orchestre Métropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras) and Les Violons du Roy, with whom he made his American debut at West Lafayette (IN) alongside countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo. He also directed the Symphony Nova Scotia, the Orchestre classique de Montréal, the Ottawa Symphony, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as well as the Nutcracker produced by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens for their Québec city performances in December 2019.