“The furious panache of the LCO’s performance, expertly channelled by the conductor Hugh Brunt, was overwhelming” The Times
Hugh Brunt is co-Artistic Director and co-Principal Conductor of the London Contemporary Orchestra, winners of the Ensemble category at the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards 2015. Since 2008, he has led the LCO in innovative programmes at UK and European venues and festivals including the Roundhouse, Barbican, Royal Opera House, Open’er Festival (Poland), Royal Festival Hall, Victoria Hall (Geneva), Village Underground and Latitude Festival, and live on BBC Radio 3.
Recent and upcoming engagements include Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of Opera North, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. He has conducted numerous premieres by leading young composers Francisco Coll, Shiva Feshareki, Martin Suckling, Gabriel Prokofiev, Emily Hall, Valgeir Sigurðsson and Edmund Finnis.
He conducted the string and choir arrangements on Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool. A collaborator of composer and guitarist Jonny Greenwood, he conducted his scores for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here. With the LCO Soloists he has premiered seven short works by Greenwood and conducted the first live screening of the Academy Award-winning There Will Be Blood. Other collaborative work includes Beck, Imogen Heap, Belle & Sebastian, Actress, Matthew Herbert (most recently on Sebastián Lelio’s films A Fantastic Woman and Disobedience), Boiler Room and Foals. He has worked with Jed Kurzel on his last four film scores: Macbeth; Assassin’s Creed; Alien: Covenant and Jupiter’s Moon.
He studied at New College, Oxford, where he held a choral scholarship, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Heinz Holliger.