Nick Palmer has been widely recognized for his compelling performances, visionary leadership and emotional connection to audiences. Maestro Palmer is Music Director of the North Charleston Pops in South Carolina, the Altoona Symphony in Pennsylvania, and the Evening Under the Stars Festival in Hingham, MA (resident orchestra: Plymouth Philharmonic). He also just completed his 16th and final season with the Lafayette Symphony in Indiana. Nick has been a frequent Pops conductor for the SSO in the past and is thrilled to return this season.
Nick was a recipient of the Helen M. Thompson Award from the League of American Orchestras as the nation’s most outstanding young music director. He has had an extensive recording career including recent recordings with the London Philharmonic at the Abbey Road Studios which have garnered several Gramophone and Billboard awards and will be recording his 4th disc with the London Philharmonic this season.
Nick has won rave reviews with the Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Santa Barbara Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Boulder Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Louisville Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Salt Lake Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Greenville Symphony and other orchestras across the nation.
A favorite guest conductor in Europe, Mexico and Latin America, Palmer has led the Europa Philharmonie, Czech Radio Orchestra, San Remo Symphony, West Bohemia Symphony, Sophia Symphony, Milano Classico Orchestra, Lausanne Symphony, the OSSLA and Monterrey Symphony in Mexico, National Orchestra of Bolivia and the Medellin Symphony in Colombia. Nick will return to the OSSLA (Sinaloa) Symphony in Mexico this November.
A native of Hingham, MA, Dr. Palmer graduated cum laude from Harvard University and received his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Orchestral Conducting from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Iowa, respectively. He also studied at the Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School, Aspen Music School, the Festival at Sandpoint, and the Accademia Chigiana in Italy, where he was a student of Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini.