Manoj Kamps






Manoj Kamps makes his UK opera debut in autumn 2019 conducting Opera North in a performance of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, having acted as assistant to Christian Curnyn on this production. He also conducts the première of Calliope Tsoupaki’s Bosch Requiem at November Music in Den Bosch and at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, HERMESensemble at the Transit Festival in a programme of Wim Henderickx, Annelies Van Parys and Vykintas Baltakas, and conducts The Rite of Spring at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with the Nederlands Studentenorkest as culmination of a substantial tour of the Netherlands in spring 2020.

Last season, he conducted the world première of Hilda Paredes’ Harriet at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw. Featuring Claron McFadden, for whom this was written, the production with Muziektheater Transparant and HERMESensemble subsequently appeared at the Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival, Rotterdam Opera Days, the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse (Lyon), and deSingel (Antwerp). Manoj Kamps made his US debut with the semi-staged première of MILA, Great Sorcerer by Andrea Clearfield at New York’s Prototype Festival 2019 with The Knights and the New York Virtuoso Singers, and conducted the Dutch première of The Gender Agenda by Philip Venables with Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. Manoj made his debut with the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra in Speel het Hard! which was broadcast live on Klara and online, and served as assistant conductor on the Nederlandse Reisopera’s acclaimed production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra under Antony Hermus.

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“Perhaps the success is primarily due to Kamps. He is frail and elegant in appearance, almost like a ballet dancer as he conducts. He gets a beautiful sound from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra members are spaced apart, but still produce a homogeneous sound. On stage, in addition to four young soloists (sopranos Olga Busuioc and Fang Fang Kong, mezzo-soprano Polly Leech and baritone Martin Mkhize), there are two choirs at work: the Choir of the National Opera and a large children’s choir. But the sound comes all the way around. Part of the opera choir is located on the second balcony across the entire width of the hall, with wind instruments on the left and right. Kamps knows how to keep it all together and make it sound great.” [translated from Italian]

Max Arian

De Groene Amsterdammer

“The Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest sat in the pit, appropriately spaced and visibly enthusiastic after months of forced inactivity, under the careful guidance of Manoj Kamps, a promising young Dutch conductor who conducts with a confident attitude and whom we would like to listen to again in another context.” [translated from Italian]

Edoardo Saccenti


“Kamps’ delicate figure radiates tranquility, with a simultaneously graceful and powerful way of conducting that makes the transitions between completely different music styles feel entirely natural.” [translated from Dutch]


“Despite the distance rules, the orchestra pit is well filled with musicians from the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra. Manoj Kamps brings them all together with graceful gestures. This is not an easy task due to the distances and because some instruments are placed on the side panels or the balconies (harp, grand piano, wind instruments).” [translated from Dutch]

Jordi Kooiman

Place de l'Opera

“Beautifully sung by the children’s choir, the large choir at the top of the theater, and compellingly conducted by Kamps. Then: a parade of joyful associations with music and stories from all corners of the world. Kamps keeps everything together amazingly well and wonderfully leads the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra through what is very atypical material for them. The highlight of the evening was the performance of Vivier’s “Lonely Child”” [translated from Dutch]

Peter van der Lint


“Musical director Manoj Kamps reigns supreme, which is an exceptional accomplishment with so many transitional moments to navigate in this collage piece. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra played with agility and discipline in equal measure under Manoj’s direction. Kamps is an extraordinary talent.” [translated from Dutch]

Erik Voermans

Het Parool

“…Stravinsky [The Rite of Spring] with remarkable authority and panache… you were nevertheless asked what a highly regarded young conductor would make of the Stravinsky cornerstone in the large repertoire. I didn’t think it would be so good. Kamps wants to relive the primal experience. It was lightning and hunting, devouring and swearing roughly moved but crystal clear, a remarkable synthesis of action painting and fine painting. There is certainly more talent, but this performance was impressive proof that symphony orchestras should ask Kamps for the prestige pieces as soon as possible before he leaves for countries where they can.” [translated from Dutch]

Bas van Putten

De Groene Amsterdammer

“…conductor Manoj Kamps is consistently clear and successfully maintains the musical tension [in Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with Nederlands Studenten Orkest].” [translated from Dutch]

Joep Stapel

“The main thing is: you hear and see that Manoj Kamps is a great talent.” [translated from Dutch]

Bas van Putten

De Groene Amsterdammer

“Paredes’s score remains bright and surprising over the 90 minutes, as Manoj Kamps and HERMESEnsemble weave guitar, violin and a battery of percussion into the electronic web designed by Monica Gil Girardo.”

Amanda Holloway

Opera Now Magazine (Feb 2019)

“The chamber orchestra The Knights, wielding not just Western instruments but a variety of jangly Tibetan ones, realized Clearfield’s ever-changing orchestral textures superbly under the attentive direction of Manoj Kamps.”

David Wright

New York Classical Review

“With the ensemble led assiduously by the conductor Manoj Kamps… creating an atmosphere both immersive and insidious.” (Review of Harriet at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2018)

Charlotte Armstong

Opera Magazine

“The score is intensely detailed and challenging… The execution was guided with precise and attentive baton of Manoj Kamps” [Translated from Spanish]

Iván martínez