Robert Ames is a conductor, composer and curator at the forefront of a new generation of musicians questioning the conventions and rituals surrounding classical music.
Robert works closely with many 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, Actress, Ron Arad, Jonsi, Alex Somers, Thom Yorke, Alexander McQueen, William Basinski, Jamie XX, Olafur Arnalds, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Darkstar, Rival Consoles and Frank Ocean.
Recent Performances include Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera House, De Doelen and The Brooklyn Academy Of Arts as well as four appearances at the BBC Proms in the last three years.
Robert has worked with many of the worlds 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 is co-Founder and Artistic Director of the London Contemporary Orchestra
“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