As a conductor, curator and arranger, Robert Ames has been a key exchange agent between the classical tradition and contemporary music. Robert works closely with many of the leading figures in new music including Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bryce Dessner, MicaLevi, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Terry Riley, Jonny Greenwood, Anna Meredith and Stevie Reich.
Recent collaborations include Vivienne Westwood, Nike 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, Justice, William Basinski, Jed Kurzel, Jamie XX, Olafur Arnalds, Owen Pallett, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Darkstar, Radiohead, Rival Consoles and Labrinth.
Recent Conducting engagements include performances at The Royal Festival Hall, BarbicanCentre, Royal Opera House, De Doelen, The Brooklyn Academy Of Arts, Philharmonie DeParis, 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 RotterdamPhilharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, L’OrchestreNational De Lyon, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish National Orchestra, RoyalLiverpool Philharmonic orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Moscow New Music Ensemble and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra. He was the youngest ever shortlisted nominee for the Royal Philharmonic Society’sConductor award in 2019, is the co-Founder, Artistic Director and Principle Conductor of the London ContemporaryOrchestra and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.‘
The heroic virtuosity of the London Contemporary Orchestra under Robert Ames’sexuberant direction made a vivid impact in a packed Royal Festival Hall.’ The Times