Clark Rundell

Contemporary music specialist Clark Rundell is Director of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s award winning new music group, Ensemble 10/10. Under Rundell’s leadership, Ensemble 10/10 recently won 2 RPS awards for ‘most outstanding ensemble’ and ‘most outstanding concert series’.

They broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and have just completed a three year residency at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music. In addition to his frequent appearances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Ensemble 10/10, Rundell guest conducts widely, and has developed relationships with many leading orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the ASKO Schoenberg Ensemble.

Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Rundell has given world premières of works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Django Bates, David Bedford, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Derek Bermel, Judith Bingham, Alan Bush, Martin Butler, Gary Carpenter, Tim Garland, Adam Gorb, Edward Gregson, Kenneth Hesketh, David Horne, Steve Mackey, James MacMillan, Roger Marsh, Steve Martland, Martijn Padding, Gwilym Simcock, and Mark-Anthony Turnage, amongst others.

As an arranger, Rundell recently collaborated with Louis Andriessen on a new suite from Andriessen’s opera Rosa, entitled Rosa’s Horses, which was premiered, with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, in May 2013. 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 in 2005. Rundell has also worked with Mark-Anthony Turnage on an expanded version of Turnage’s Invention on Solitude and with Dutch Latin jazz group Zuco 103 on a joint concert with the Residentie Orkest, Holland. 

A specialist in cross-genre collaboration, Rundell has conducted extensive orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Toumani Diabate, Tim Garland , Amal Murkus, Gwilym Simcock, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet. A highly versatile musician, Rundell held the title of Director of Jazz Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, and has 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. Still committed to education, Rundell is currently Director of Contemporary Music and Head of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Recent highlights for Rundell include the premiere performances of James MacMillan’s opera Clemency at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; performances with Asko Schoenberg Ensemble and Synergy Vocals at the Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, and Britten Sinfonia at the Reverberations Festival, at the Barbican Centre, as part of the Steve Reich 75th birthday celebrations; an appearance at the BBC Proms with the Britten Sinfonia and pianist Nicolas Hodges; a tour of the Netherlands with the Britten Sinfonia performing works by John Adams and Nico Muhly; a performance with the Luxembourg Philharmonic and pianist Joanna MacGregor; a performance with Das Meininger Theatre Orchestra; as well as return visits to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and City of London Sinfonia as part of their CLoSer series.

This season sees Rundell returning to the BBC National Orchestra of Wales: the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra for a programme with Gwilym Simcock and Trish Clowes; and to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra for a performance with Michel Camilo. Further afield, Rundell will be returning to the Asko Schoenberg Ensemble for a performance at the Gaudeamus Festival, Utrecht; the Residentie Orkest for a series of performances in Rotterdam, Den Haag and Leiden; and he will make his debut with the Philharmonie Zuidnederland at the Cross-Linx Festival. Rundell will also return to the Northern Sinfonia for a number of performances including an appearance at London’s Kings Place, for a Django Bates focused programme, and an appearance at the Brinkburn Festival, with the Hilliard Ensemble, for a performance of Casken’s Dream of the Rood.

Rundell studied at the Northwestern University, Chicago, USA, studying conducting with John P Paynter and trombone with Frank Crisafulli of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the RNCM. Rundell now lives just outside Manchester with his wife and family.

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