Nicolas Ellis

Artistic Partner of the Orchestre Métropolitain

Nicolas Ellis is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Orchestre de l’Agora and has served, for the past three years, as Artistic Partner to the Orchestre Métropolitain and Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Nicolas Ellis has been invited as guest conductor with Les Violons du Roy, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Orchestre Métropolitain, Symphony Nova Scotia, the McGill Chamber orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has had the opportunity to perform with artists such as cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin.

The 2020-2021 season will see Nicolas Ellis make his debut with the Opéra de Montréal in The Marriage of Figaro and conduct I Musici de Montréal Chamber Orchestra and the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. A return with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec is also planned for the spring of 2021.


In 2013, he founded the Orchestre de l’Agora, an orchestra whose mission is to position the classical musician as an agent of social change within the community. The ensemble has built collaborations with the music program of the Share the Warmth Foundation and Les Porteurs de musique. Their recent production of Britten’s The Turn of the Screw in collaboration with the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal was recorded by ICI Musique and CBC Music and has been broadcasted nationally. During the 2019-2020 season, the orchestra underwent its first tour across Québec, presenting 16 concerts as a string ensemble.

Nicolas Ellis completed his Master’s Degree at the McGill University in conducting with Alexis Hauser and at the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Robert Spano. During the summer of 2019, he was part of the Verbier Festival Academy, as assistant conductor to Music Director Valery Gergiev.