Clark Rundell

Head of Conducting

BMusEd (Northwestern Chicago), FRNCM


Head of Conducting

Renowned for his command of the most intricate and demanding of works, Clark Rundell has established himself as a highly sought-after guest conductor.  His repertoire ranges from music of the 18th Century to the current day, encompassing many genres from large scale works for choir and orchestra to the small ensemble.

He recently made his debuts with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, and the SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden, all of whom immediately re-invited him to conduct over the next few seasons.He works regularly with orchestras and ensembles including all of the BBC orchestras, Britten Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Ensemble 10/10 and Asko Schoenberg.

His conducting in the opera house has included premiere performances of James MacMillan’s opera Clemencyat the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Orlando Gough’s Voices & Votes at the Bergen International Festival. Other operas he has conducted include Albert HerringThe Turn of the Screw, Carmen, Kat’a Kabanova, Street Scene, L’Heure Espagnole, The Cunning Little Vixen and L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

Deeply committed to the performance of new music, Clark Rundell has given world premières of works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Steve Reich, Mark-Anthony Turnage, James MacMillan, Django Bates, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Gary Carpenter, Tim Garland, Adam Gorb, David Horne, Steve Mackey, Steve Martland, Martijn Padding, Gwilym Simcock and Joey Roukens.

As an arranger, he has collaborated with Louis Andriessen on a suite from Andriessen’s opera Rosa, entitled Rosa’s Horses, which was premiered by Clark Rundell and the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, at Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The pair also collaborated on Vermeer Pictures, a suite from Andriessen’s opera Writing to Vermeer, which was also performed at Het Concertgebouw to great critical acclaim. Clark Rundell is working on further suites of Louis Andriessen’s more recent operas.

A specialist in cross-genre collaboration, he has conducted extensive orchestral projects with artists such as Elvis Costello, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Esperanza Spalding, Toumani Diabate, Brad Mehldau, Tim Garland and Gwilym Simcock. A highly versatile musician, Rundell has also performed with artists such as John Dankworth, Bob Brookmeyer, Victor Mendoza, Guy Barker, Julian Argüelles, Ed Thigpen, Cleo Laine, Andy Sheppard, Lew Tabakin and Michael Gibbs.

He is passionate about working with young people and is Professor of Conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and has a close relationship with the Netherlands Orchestral Academy.

Clark Rundell spent much of his childhood in Bloomington, Minnesota.  He studied conducting at the Northwestern University, Chicago with John Paynter and trombone with Frank Crisafulli, and was subsequently awarded a Junior Fellowship to study conducting with Timothy Reynish at the Royal Northern College of Music. He now lives just outside Manchester with his wife and two children.

Current and Future Research

Rosa’s Horses, (Suite from the Opera Rosa). A collaborative project with the composer Louis Andriessen, published Boosey and Hawkes

Netherlands Radio broadcast of Rosa’s Horses

Numerous world premieres, broadcasts and recordings

Postgraduate Teaching

Head of Conducting course, teaching Postgraduates and Junior Fellows

Professional Activity

Recent performances

Concertgebouw/Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra World Premiere Andriessen/Rundell Rosa’s Horses

Britten Sinfonia, Colin Currie, percussion, works by Nico Muhly and John Adams

NJO Somerfest, Gelderland, Holland, Steve Reich Tehillim and City Life in the presence of the composer

RLPO Ensemble 10/10 premieres in Liverpool by Anthony Gilbert, Stephen Pratt, Ian Stephens

BBC Philharmonic, Premiere of Daedalus in Flight by David Horne (RNCM) and works by Philip Grange

Barbican, London, Wayne Shorter 80th Birthday concert, BBC Concert Orchestra, Wayne Shorter Quartet – Wayne Shorter Saxophone, Danilo Perez, Piano, John Patitucci, Bass, Brian Blades, Drums

Upcoming Performances

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, New works by Trish Clowes and Gwilym Simcock plus Milhaud and Copland 25-27 Janaury 2014

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, UK premiere of Michel Camilo Piano Concerto 2 with the composer plus Copland and Ginastera 31 January, 1 February 2014

Philharmonie Zuidnederland performances with Olafur Arnalds and Jose Gonzalez 6, 7, 8 February 2014

Residentie Orkest den Haag, Messiaen and Brett Dean 13, 14, 15 March 2014

Bridgewater Hall, RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Tippett A Child of our Time  26 March 2014

Wigmore Hall Edwin Roxburgh Study day (RNCM) 26 April 2014

Barbican, London, Nonesuch Anniversary Weekend, Britten Sinfonia works by Timo Andres and Brad Mehldau plus Radio Rewrite or Steve Reich 17 May 2014

BBC Philharmonic/RNCM Bernard Rands focus event. 18 June 2014

Northern Sinfonia, Hilliard Ensemble John Casken Dream of the Rood  6 July 2014

Asko Schoenberg Ensemble with Colin Currie, Andriessen Tap Dancing  4, 5 October 2014

Asko Schoenberg, Hilliard Ensemble, John Casken Dream of the Rood  9, 11 October 2014