“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 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 City of London Sinfonia, Orchestra of Opera North, Britten Sinfonia, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Holst Singers, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Rambert Dance Company, Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain 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.
Hugh conducted the string and choir arrangements on Radiohead’s new album A Moon Shaped Pool. A collaborator of composer and guitarist Jonny Greenwood, Hugh conducted his score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master. In the past year 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, Ron Arad, Emilíana Torrini, Boiler Room and Foals. He conducted and orchestrated Jed Kurzel’s score to Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
Hugh studied at New College, Oxford, where he held a choral scholarship, and at the Lucerne Festival Academy under Heinz Holliger