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. He is currently the Chief Guest Conductor at the West Deutsche Rundfunk Choir.
His many opera engagements include King Priam and Turnage's Twice through the Heart for English National Opera, Holt's The Nightingale’s to Blame for Opera North, L’incoronazione di Poppea and Hänsel und Gretel for Staatstheater Stuttgart, and Cavalli’s Il Giasone in Klagenfurt. 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, London Sinfonietta, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and the BBC Singers.