Manoj Kamps 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.
In 2019/20, Manoj makes his UK opera debut conducting a performance of Giulio Cesare, having acted as assistant to Christian Curnyn on this Oper North production. He also conducts the première of Calliope Tsoupaki’s Requiem for the November Music festival in den Bosch and at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, makes his debut with Hermes Ensemble at the Transit Festival in a programme of Wim Henderickx, Annelies Van Parys and Vykintas Baltakas, and will tour extensively across the Netherlands in February 2020 with the Nederlands Studenten Orkest, culminating in a final performance of The Rite of Spring at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.
Last season, Manoj conducted the world première of Hilda Paredes’ Coded Messages: Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman with Muziektheater Transparant and Hermes Ensemble featuring Claron McFadden for whom this was written. Following the première at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam in October 2018, the production toured to the Cervantino Festival in Mexico, Huddersfield International Contemporary Music Festival, Rotterdam Opera Music Days, the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse in Lyon, and deSingel in Antwerp. He also conducted the Dutch première of The Gender Agenda by Philip Venables with AskoSchönberg Ensemble.
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 the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble. He also led several projects with the Chineke! Juniors during festivals at the Southbank Centre in London. Other notable projects include performances with the Dutch National Opera Academy, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Silbersee/VocaalLAB, and the Tokyo Telemann Chamber Orchestra.
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), Louis Andriessen (first performances of early works, under the composer’s guidance), Rob Zuidam, Boudewijn Tarenskeen, Klaas de Vries and Rodion Shchedrin, at festivals such as the Holland Festival, the AAA Festival of the Royal Concertgebouw, Aldeburgh Festival, November Music, Gaudeamus Festival and Musica Sacra Maastricht.
Last season, Manoj served as Assistant Conductor for Nederlandse Reisopera’s production of Korngold’s Die tote Stadt. Previously, Manoj assisted the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Konzerthausorchester Berlin (for 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). He has also worked for Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sir Andrew Davis.
Manoj was selected to participate in masterclasses with Bernard Haitink (Lucerne Festival), Carlo Rizzi (European Network of Opera Academies), Marc Albrecht (Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra), Simon Halsey (Rundfunkchor Berlin), Juanjo Mena, Vasily Petrenko, Jorma Panula, and George Hurst.
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...
IMG Artists is delighted to announce the general management of conductor Manoj Kamps (Sri Lanka, 1988). He will be managed by Jennifer Spencer in association with Jennifer Spencer Consultancy from the company’s London office. One of the most exciting and multi-faceted...
“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
“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
“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
“The score is intensely detailed and challenging… The execution was guided with precise and attentive baton of Manoj Kamps” [Translated from Spanish]Iván martínez