Michael Nicholas Snowman OBE (born 18 March 1944) is a British arts administrator and the chairman of the jewellers Wartski. In 2000, The Telegraph called him "one of the most influential figures in British classical music for the past 30 years".
Early life and education
Nicholas Snowman is the son of Kenneth Snowman, and grandson of Emanuel Snowman, both jewellers and chairmen of Wartski. He was educated at Highgate School and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he founded the Cambridge University Opera Society. He is a distant cousin of the actress Claire Bloom.
Snowman is the co-founder of London Sinfonietta and its general manager from 1968 to 1972. In 1976, Snowman, the composer and conductor Pierre Boulez and French culture minister Michel Guy co-founded the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris.
From 1998, he succeeded Anthony Whitworth-Jones as general manager of Glyndebourne Festival Opera. However, he left suddenly in 2000, because "he was resigning to spend more time with his family". A claim that he was sacked was denied by Snowman and by Gus Christie, executive chairman and son of Sir George Christie. From 2003-09, he was director of Opéra national du Rhin in Strasbourg, France.
Snowman was appointed a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France in 1985, and raised to Officier in 1990, Order of Cultural Merit (Poland) 1990, Chevalier of the National Order of Merit (France) 1995. In 1999 he was awarded honorary membership of the Royal Academy of Music. He was awarded an Officier of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Birthday Honours «For services to promoting British cultural interests in France».
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