Robert Ames is a conductor, composer and curator at the forefront of a new generation of musicians challenging the conventions and rituals that surround classical music.
Robert works closely with many of the leading figures in new music including Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bryce Dessner, Mica Levi, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Terry Riley, Jonny Greenwood, Anna Meredith and Steve Reich.
Recent collaborations include Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen from the world of Fashion and with musicians who inhabit the pop/electronic and film music world, including Actress, Frank Ocean, Jonsi, Little Simz, Alex Somers, Thom Yorke, William Basinski, Jamie XX, Olafur Arnalds, Owen Pallett, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Darkstar, Rival Consoles and Labrinth.
Recent Conducting engagements include performances at The Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera House, De Doelen, The Brooklyn Academy Of Arts and The Sydney Opera House, as well as four appearances at the BBC Proms in the last three years.
Robert has worked with many of the world’s leading orchestras including the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, L’Orchestre National De Lyon, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Moscow New Music Ensemble and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
He was the youngest ever nominee for the Royal Philharmonic Society Conductors award in 2019, is the co-Founder and Artistic Director of the London Contemporary Orchestra and an Associate of The Royal Academy of Music.
“The heroic virtuosity of the London Contemporary Orchestra under Robert Ames’s exuberant direction made a vivid impact in a packed Royal Festival Hall “- The Times