“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. 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, Latitude Festival, and live on BBC Radio 3 at the BBC Proms.
Recent and upcoming engagements include the New York Philharmonic, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, City of London Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of Opera North, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lyon, 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 2016 album A Moon Shaped Pool, featuring the LCO. 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, and wrote additional arrangements for his latest film with Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread. 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. He will conduct the world premiere of Greenwood’s violin concerto, Horror vacaui, at the BBC Proms 2019 with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He conducted and orchestrated Thom Yorke’s first feature film score, Suspiria (directed by Luca Guadagnino), and Yorke’s latest solo album, Anima, produced by Nigel Godrich, performed by the LCO.
Other collaborative work includes Mica Levi, Beck, Imogen Heap, Bryce Dessner, Actress (co-writing tracks on LAGEOS), Foals and Matthew Herbert (most recently on his scores for Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman, Disobedience and Gloria Bell). He has worked with Jed Kurzel on his last six film scores, including Macbeth and Alien: Covenant.
He studied at New College, Oxford, where he held a choral scholarship, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Heinz Holliger.