‘Esmeralda Conde Ruiz, a force of nature’ Choir and Organ Magazine

Esmeralda is a multi-award winning composer and innovative choral conductor and  working in film, theatre, architecture and art all over the world. She specialises in voice ensembles and sound and is highly experienced in large scale productions. She is pioneering interdisciplinary work that integrates site-specific visual and sound. Notable artistic collaborators include Yoko Ono, David Lang, Nils Frahm, CocoRosie, Mathew Herbert Susan Philipsz, Robert Wilson, Peter Liversidge, Mira Calix and more.

Her most celebrated choral work was the creation of the choir of 500 for Peter Liversidge’s ‘The Bridge’. She is the only person to have conducted a mass choir inside the Turbine Hall as the centrepiece of the opening of Tate Modern’s extension in 2016. Her mass choral work has also included David Lang’s ‘the public domain’ at the Berlin Philharmonic in 2018 and the New York Lincoln Center in 2016. She was part of the team that conducted 1000 singers under the baton of Simon Halsey.

Esmeralda is currently Musical Director for Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz’s the ‘Station Clock’, a giant aural clock of 1,000 singers that will be permanently installed inside the new HS2 train station. It has been called the most ambitious public art commission in Birmingham’s history.

Esmeralda conducts soundtracks, most recently for Sundance festival winning film ‘Nancy’, directed by Christina Choe and starring Steve Buscemi and Andrea Riseborough. Esmeralda has also created sound works for the composer Johann Johannsson.

Esmeralda also composes for films, documentaries and commercials and has won several awards and nominations. Her soundtracks have been screened at Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner, New York Picture Start Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, London Independent Film Festival.

She won ‘Best Original Music’ at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2015 and ‘Award of Excellence for Best Score’ Indie Fest Film Awards for ‘Cusp’ by Oliver Warren 2015. She was nominated for the British Composer Awards for her composition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Wind And The Rain’ which was performed at The Shakespeare’s Globe.

Esmeralda has created the silent film and score for ‘The other ocean’, in collaboration with The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra. This piece is part of the 2017/18 ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme and Cinecity Film Festival Brighton in collaboration with Screen Archive South East.

Picture: © Mischa Haller