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.
Contemporary music has always been a cornerstone of Manoj’s career and he has conducted premières by Michel van der Aa (The Book of Sand, a digital project created by the composer), Peter Eötvös (Dutch première of da capo with ensemble Ludwig), Karlheinz Stockhausen (Dutch première of Mikrophonie II) and Louis Andriessen (first performances of early works, under the composer’s guidance) amongst many others, at festivals including the Holland Festival, the AAA Festival of the Royal Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh Festival, Gaudeamus Festival and Musica Sacra Maastricht.
Highlights of previous seasons include his debut with the BBC Philharmonic in a selection of tone poems as well as Vivier’s Lonely Child, the world première and European tour of the chamber opera Be With Me Now at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a new production of The Fairy Queen for Nederlandse Reisopera, Side by Side at Ulster Orchestra, Carte Blanche featuring music by Vivier with Cappella Amsterdam, and Connect with Asko|Schönberg Ensemble.
Manoj held the coveted post of Junior Fellow in Orchestral Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester from 2015-2017. During this time he worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata, studying with Sir Mark Elder, Clark Rundell and Mark Heron. Manoj has assisted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin (Iván Fischer), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra (Juanjo Mena), Dutch National Opera (Romain Bischoff), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Andrew Manze), Prague Symphony Orchestra (Jac van Steen), Rundfunkchor Berlin (Simon Rattle) and the Netherlands Bach Society (Ed Spanjaard).
Manoj Kamps Conducts Sold-Out New Production of Faust [working title] 5 – 24 September at Dutch National Opera
Manoj Kamps conducts the thrilling new sold-out production of Faust [working title] at Dutch National Opera from 5 – 24 September. Kamps leads the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Chorus of the Dutch National Opera and Nieuw Vocaal Amsterdam; and soloists Olga...
Following an acclaimed success conducting the world premiere of Hilda Paredes’ Harriet, which he has now conducted for the Muziekgebouw (Amsterdam), the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, and for November Music in Den Bosch, Manoj...
Manoj Kamps will conduct the world premiere of Harriet: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman by Hilda Parades on Wednesday 3 Oct 2018 at the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam. Co-commissioned by the Festival Internacional Cervantino (Mexico), Muziekgebouw aan ‘IJ, and...
“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]
“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]
“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]
“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]
“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]
“…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]
“…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]
“The main thing is: you hear and see that Manoj Kamps is a great talent.” [translated from Dutch]
“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.”
“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.”
“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)
“The score is intensely detailed and challenging… The execution was guided with precise and attentive baton of Manoj Kamps” [Translated from Spanish]