Paul Hoskins

Paul Hoskins has been Music Director at Rambert Dance Company since 1996, and in recent years he has helped to enhance the company’s reputation as an important force in new music in the UK. In 2004 Paul won the Time Out award for outstanding contribution to dance, following the UK première of Steve Reich's Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades's Living Toys. In 2008, Rambert began a major programme of commissioning new scores to inspire the company’s annual signature work. In 2009 Paul inaugurated the Rambert Music Fellowship, and launched the Rambert Orchestra, receiving critical acclaim for performances of Julian Anderson's The Comedy of Change and Mahler's orchestration of Schubert's Death and the Maiden. In Howard Goodall's Eternal Light (2008/9), Paul conducted sixteen different regional choirs in England, Wales and Scotland. Rambert Orchestra has recently recorded Tobias Picker’s Awakenings, and premiered Stephen McNeff’s new adaptation of music by Ravel.

Paul has conducted in every major concert hall and opera house in London and also worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Sinfonia and Northern Chamber Orchestra, also conducted in Slovenia, Romania, Germany, Holland, Denmark and the USA. 2009 saw a new collaboration with the Danish group Efterklang in live performances of the Parades album in London and Stockholm.

In the theatre, Paul has enjoyed many re-invitations to New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; he has also guest conducted for English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Matthew Bourne, and Royal Swedish Ballet. For these and other companies he has conducted the standard 19th century repertoire, many 18th and 20th century programmes, and also several world premières.

Operatic work includes Don Giovanni with Roderick Williams, the world première of Stephen McNeff's Clockwork, two operas for Bampton Opera and the Buxton Festival; Paul has assisted at Glyndebourne (Peter Grimes) and ENO (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Elegy for Young Lovers and Caligula). As Principal Conductor of Cambridge New Music Players in the 1990s, Paul gave many world premières and broadcasts.

In July 2011 he was appointed Conductor of the Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra.

Artist photo © Simon Weir