|Birth name||Nicholas Paul Dallon Braithwaite|
26 August 1939|
|Years active||Since 1960s|
Warwick Braithwaite (father)|
Joseph Braithwaite (grandfather)
Rodric Braithwaite (brother)
Jill Braithwaite (sister-in-law)
John Braithwaite (uncle)
Rewi Braithwaite (uncle)
Roderick Braithwaite (uncle)
David Braithwaite (cousin)
Braithwaite studied at the Royal Academy of Music, at the Festival masterclasses in Bayreuth, and with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. In the 1960s, Braithwaite was associate conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. He served as resident conductor at Sadler's Wells Opera for three seasons, from 1971 to 1974, where he conducted Richard Wagner's Ring cycle. In 1976, he was named music director of Glyndebourne Touring Opera., and served in that post until 1980. With the Manchester Camerata, Braithwaite was principal guest conductor from 1977 to 1984, and principal conductor from 1984 to 1991.
In Australia, Braithwaite was principal conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, from 1987 to 1991, and also held the same post with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has served as permanent guest conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. He has made recordings with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, London Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras. He was named musical director and chief conductor of Gothenburg's Stora Teater in 1981, and served there until 1984.
He has conducted more than 70 different operas with many companies around the world. He has appeared with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, Welsh National Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Norwegian Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Opera Australia and New Zealand Opera.
Braithwaite married Gillian Agnes Haggarty in August 1985. They have one son and one daughter.
- International Who's Who In Classical Music, 2003 Edition, p. 94 (Europa Publications Ltd., London, England)
- McCabe, Nicholas, "Reports: Bournemouth" (1968). The Musical Times, 109 (1510): p. 1138.
- "Appointments, Awards" (1971). The Musical Times, 112 (1539): p. 436.
- "Appointments, Awards" (1976). The Musical Times, 117 (1603): p. 738.
- "Appointments, Awards" (1981). The Musical Times, 122 (1663): p. 617.
| Music Director, Glyndebourne Touring Opera
| Principal Conductor, Manchester Camerata