ESMERALDA CONDE RUIZ

Esmeralda is a unique interdisciplinary choral conductor working in theatre, music, architecture and art all over the world with composers, directors and artists like David Lang, Nils Frahm, CocoRosie, Susan Philipsz, Robert Wilson, Peter Liversidge, Mira Calix and many more. She has specialised in voice ensembles and sound and is highly experienced in large scale productions and sight-specific projects. She is the face of innovative choral projects in the U.K. and a pioneer in choral interdisciplinary projects:

In 2016 she was part of the conductors team for Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang’s world premier of ‘the public domain’ at New York’s Lincoln Center. With over 1,000 singers under the baton of Simon Halsey she conducted the piece simultaneously to 24 other conductors which additional choreography.

Esmeralda is also the first conductor to ever conduct a mass choir in Turbine Hall: For British artist Peter Liversidge’s world premier of ‘The Bridge’ she created a choir of 500 singers and conducted them inside the Turbine Hall as the centrepiece of Tate Modern’s new building’s opening weekend.

Additionally Esmeralda is a multi-award winning film composer. She has scored films and documentaries as well as commercials. Her film 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 and many more.

In 2015 Esmeralda won the award for ‘Best Original Music’ at Los Angeles Independent Film Festival and the ‘Award of Excellence for Best Score’ Indie Fest Film Awards for her work on the British short film ‘Cusp’ (Oliver Warren). In 2013 she was nominated for the British Composer Awards for her composition of Shakespeare’s ‘The Wind And The Rain’ which got later performed at The Shakespeare’s Globe.

Currently Esmeralda is working with Turner Prize winning artist Susan Philipsz on her latest commission in Birmingham. Esmeralda has been appointed as Music Director for ‘Station Clock’, a giant aural clock involving over 1,000 singers which will be permanently installed inside the HS2 train station. It has been called the most ambitious public art commission in Birmingham’s history.

As a composer Esmeralda has been ‘adopted’ by The Fretful Federation Mandolin Orchestra for the 2017/18 ‘Adopt a Composer’ scheme, which pairs amateur ensembles with emerging composers. Adopt a Composer is run by Making Music in partnership with Sound and Music, in association with BBC Radio 3, and funded by PRS Foundation and the Philip and Dorothy Green Music Trust.