A new generation of musicians has emerged, brilliantly equipped, fully in control of their craft, but impatient of the conventions and rituals surrounding classical music. At the forefront of this new wave is Robert Ames. Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of the London Contemporary Orchestra. He can be found conducting the LCO in an eclectic range of venues. From Printworks and Oval Space in East London through to the Royal Festival Hall, Barbican and Royal Opera House.
Although contemporary classical music is central to Ames, he also works with a wide range of artists. From Fashion designer Vivien Westwood to Ron Arad, Frank Ocean, DJ Shadow and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. His work takes in sessions at Abbey Road, the National Theatre. Or working in the film studio on projects such as Oscar nominated ‘Theeb’ and John Maclean’s Slow West (Sundance Award). Robert has also had the privilege of working closely with many of Classical music’s most respected composers. Such as Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Meredith Monk.
When Robert Ames set up the London Contemporary Orchestra with fellow director Hugh Brunt in 2008, their mission was to “think very differently about what people want to listen to”. This raison d’etre led to Robert winning the h.Club 100 award and the LCO winning the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award in 2015.
Robert recently had critically acclaimed performances with the Aarhaus Symphony Orchestra and the LCO at the BBC Proms. He can be heard on the soundtrack for Ridley Scott’s new film ‘Alien: Covenant’. Also the 2017 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection “Jupiter’s Moon” and “You Were Never Really Here”. In 2018 Robert will perform at the Barbican centre and Queen Elizabeth hall with LCO. As well as touring with The Minsk State Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of India and The Studio For New Music in Russia.
“New music presented with style rather than po-faced seriousness…performed with such devoted care.” – The Telegraph