Biography

“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, Rambert Dance Company, 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 score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master. 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 A Fantastic Woman), Boiler Room and Foals. He has worked with Jed Kurzel on his last three film scores: MacbethAssassin’s Creed; and Alien: Covenant.

He studied at New College, Oxford, where he held a choral scholarship, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Heinz Holliger.

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