Principal conductor of the Orchestre de Caen, founder, artistic and musical director of La Symphonie de Poche and the Philharmonicœur, musical director of the Yellow Socks Orchestra, associate conductor of the orchestra Les Siècles, conductor of the Démos project, Nicolas Simon is a conductor « passeur », as the critic Alain Cochard aptly describes him. He is constantly striving to renew the close relationship between performers, composers and audiences.
After obtaining his Diplôme de Formation Supérieur in violin from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2005, he joined the conducting class of the same institution in 2006. He studied and perfected his skills with Zsolt Nagy, Arie van Beek, François-Xavier Roth, Pierre Boulez and Bruno Weil. He obtained his Master's degree in conducting in June 2010.
Between 2010 and 2012, he was assistant to Kwamé Ryan and Dennis Russel Davis at the Orchestre Français des Jeunes. In 2012, he assisted François-Xavier Roth at the Orchestre des jeunes de Méditerranée. During the 2012-2013 season, he was assistant to Kwamé Ryan at the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine.
Since January 2014, he has been associate conductor of Les Siècles Orchestra, founded by François-Xavier Roth.
Motivated by an insatiable curiosity, in 2013 he founded La Symphonie de Poche, an ensemble with a singular and impertinent spirit. The atypical ensemble of thirteen musicians is distinguished by its unique sound. The ensemble's recordings ("Eh bien dansez maintenant!", alongside Deborah Nemtanu, released in October 2017 and "Beethoven, si tu nous entends" released in December 2020) have been widely acclaimed by critics (Le Monde, ffff Télérama).
Convinced by the elevating and structuring dimension of musical practice, he has been very involved in the Démos project since 2014.
In 2017, he became the musical director of the Yellow Socks Orchestra, a symphony orchestra created by the company Ugo & Play and dedicated to music on screen.
In November 2018, he founded a solidarity, humanist, altruistic, citizen and disinterested orchestra: The Philharmonicœur. An orchestra that aims to fight against social and cultural exclusion, by offering, through the symphonic phenomenon, the possibility to connect / reconnect to one's human dignity.
He made his operatic debut with Boieldieu's La Dame Blanche in Rennes, Compiègne, Quimper, Tourcoing, Dunkerque, Besançon and Saint-Céré, a work produced by the Cooperative, Les Siècles and directed by Louise Vignaud.
In winter 2023, he will be at the Rennes and Nantes opera houses and at the Quimper and Besançon national stages, in Mozart's Zaïde / Melchior, again directed by Louise Vignaud.
In May 2023, he will conduct Pelléas et Mélisande, directed by Daniel Jeanneteau, at the Caen theatre with Les Siècles.
Nicolas Simon is appreciated by the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre de l'Opéra National de Lorraine, the Orchestre National de Metz, the Orchestre de Picardie, the Orchestre de l'Opéra de Rouen, the Orchestre de Chambre de Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Orchestre National de Lille, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse; and abroad, the London Symphony Orchestra, the SWR Sinfonie Orchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Bucharest Philharmonic Orchestra, the Albanian Radio Orchestra and the Palestine Youth Orchestra.