Robert Ames is a conductor, curator and composer.
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, Mica Levi, Nico Muhly, Richard Reed Parry, Terry Riley, Jonny Greenwood, Anna Meredith and Steve 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, Barbican Centre, Royal Opera House, De Doelen, The Brooklyn Academy Of Arts, Philharmonie De Paris 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 Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, L’Orchestre National De Lyon, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Scottish National Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Moscow New Music Ensemble and Aarhus Symphony Orchestra.
He was the youngest ever shortlisted nominee for the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor award in 2019, is the co-Founder, Artistic Director and Principle Conductor of the London Contemporary Orchestra and an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. In 2020 Robert recorded his debut album. “Change Ringing” is released on the Berlin based contemporary Classical Label Modern Recordings a division of BMG.