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Robert Ames, Conductor

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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, often making it less appealing to younger listeners. At the forefront of this new wave is Robert Ames, co-conductor of the London Contemporary Orchestra. He can be found conducting the LCO in an eclectic range of venues from Oval Space in East London through to London’s great concert halls.

Although 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 John Maclean’s Slow West (Sundance Film Festival Award) or

premiering new works by Terry Riley. Ames is also much in demand as a viola player, premiering many solo and chamber works by leading composers of his generation.

When Ames set up the London Contemporary Orchestra with fellow conductor Hugh Brunt in 2008, their mission was to “think very differently about what people want to listen to”. This raison d’etre led to him winning the h.Club 100 award and the LCO winning the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society Ensemble Award in 2015. There are no borders, frontiers or barriers in his musical taste, which is likely to range from Actress to Adès, Foals to Feldman or Couperin to Cage.

Bright Ivy is delighted to provide worldwide representation and management for Robert Ames. Please contact us for all enquiries.
www.robertames.co.uk

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Blond - Frank Ocean

A Moon Shaped Pool

Macbeth

Rattle the Cage

Theeb

The Master

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Some people can’t see a mountain without wanting to climb it...the tougher and craggier the better.

Hugo Shirely, The Telegraph

Hypnotic, ecstatic and somehow reassuring. (Terry Riley: ‘Bell Station III’ Premiere)

John Lewis, The Guardian

New music presented with style rather than po-faced seriousness...performed with such devoted care.

Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph

Fascinating, and anything but minimalist.

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