BIO

BBC RADIO 3 in the United Kingdom, has described rising up-and-coming Czech conductor Nikol Kraft, as ‘‘rapidly gaining a reputation for her interpretation of Czech symphonic music.’’ Nikol’s broadcast for BBC RADIO 3 with the Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra featured a program of Dvorak, Smetana and Martinu. Her concert was also broadcast throughout Germany on Bayerischer Rundfunk. In Switzerland on Radio Télévision Suisse,  and on many other European broadcasting networks.

OPERNWELT critically acclaimed Nikol Kraft’s performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen at the Janáček Brno International Festival, where she conducted 8 sold-out performance of The Cunning Little Vixen.

Nikol made her conducting debut at some of the Czech Republic’s most important music festivals – the International Music Festival Český Krumlov, Festival Smetana Litomyšl, IMF Smetana Days and Festival Musica Holešov.

With the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, she has recorded the lesser-known symphonic ballad Voyevoda by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky for Czech Radio.

She has appeared in concerts conducting the Brno Philharmonic, Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, Pilsen Philharmonic Orchestra, South Czech Philharmonic, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra, Suk Chamber Orchestra, and many others.
Upcoming conducting engagements include concerts with the Prague Philharmonia – Prague’s leading chamber orchestras; the North Czech Philharmonic, West Bohemian Symphony Orchestra and a guest conducting appearance at the international festival Czech Touches of Music.

Nikol Kraft studied conducting at the Janáček Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Brno (Czech Republic) under Jan Zbavitel. She was a conducting scholarship recipient at Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, studying conducting with Professor Mark Stringer. In 2014 she was also awarded a Bayreuther Festspiele conducting scholarship.

Nikol graduated in musicology from the Charles University Faculty of Philosophy in Prague. As part of her studies she also completed a semester internship at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, where she finished her dissertation titled Rafael Kubelík’s Aesthetic Positions in the Light of Sources in Munich.

In past seasons, Nikol has acted as assistant conductor for the Brno National Theatre opera production of the world premiere of Alice in Bed, by composers Ivo Medek and Markéta Dvořáková; Puccini’s Tosca, and Janáček´s Jenůfa . She was appointed second conductor for the Prague National Theatre for performances of Orff´s operas Der Mond,  and Die Kluge. And was appointed assistant of Dvořák´s Rusalka at the Landestheater Coburg (Germany), and at the Oldenburgisches Staatstheater (Germany).

Dated 3.9.2021.