Renowned for his innate affinity for the most intricate and demanding of works, contemporary music specialist Clark Rundell has established himself as a highly sought-after guest conductor, working with many of the world’s leading orchestras, opera houses and ensembles. Rundell also regularly conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s new music group, Ensemble 10/10, recently receiving two RPS awards. As a specialist in cross-genre collaboration Rundell has conducted orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Esperanza Spalding and the Wayne Shorter Quartet and has given numerous world premières of works by composers including Django Bates and Mark-Anthony Turnage.
Renowned for his command of the most intricate and demanding of works, Clark Rundell has established himself as a highly sought-after guest conductor. His repertoire ranges from music of the 18th Century to the current day, encompassing many genres from large scale works for choir and orchestra to the small ensemble.
He has conducted orchestras and ensembles including all of the BBC orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Klangforum Wien, SWR-Sinfonieorchester, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Resedentie Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble 10/10 and Asko Schoenberg.
Recent and upcoming highlights include debuts with Orchestre National d’Île de France, NFM Wrocław Philharmonic, WDR Funkhaus Orchestra, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Gulbenkian Orchestra and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover.
His conducting in the opera house has included premiere performances of James MacMillan’s opera Clemency at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Orlando Gough’s Voices & Votes at the Bergen International Festival. Other operas he has conducted include Albert Herring, The Turn of the Screw, Carmen, Kat’a Kabanova, Street Scene, L’Heure Espagnole, The Cunning Little Vixen and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.
Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Clark Rundell has given world premières of works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Django Bates, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Steve Martland, Martijn Padding, Gwilym Simcock and Joey Roukens.
As an arranger, he has collaborated with Louis Andriessen on a suite from Andriessen’s opera Rosa, entitled Rosa’s Horses, which was premiered by Clark Rundell and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The pair also collaborated on Vermeer Pictures, a suite from Andriessen’s opera Writing to Vermeer, which was also performed at Het Concertgebouw to great critical acclaim. Clark Rundell is working on further suites of Louis Andriessen’s more recent operas.
A specialist in cross-genre collaboration, he has conducted extensive orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Esperanza Spalding, Toumani Diabate, Brad Mehldau, Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock. A highly versatile musician, Rundell has also performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Victor Mendoza, Guy Barker, Julian Argüelles, Ed Thigpen, Cleo Laine, Andy Sheppard, Lew Tabakin and Michael Gibbs.
He is passionate about working with young people and is a Professor of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and has a close relationship with the Netherlands Orchestral Academy.
Clark Rundell spent much of his childhood in Bloomington, Minnesota. He studied conducting at the Northwestern University, Chicago with John Paynter and trombone with Frank Crisafulli, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the Royal Northern College of Music. He now lives just outside Manchester with his wife and two children.
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