The depth of his approach to complex scores of every style and epoch, coupled with a great dramaturgical creativity, has made Peter Rundel one of the most sought-after partners for leading European orchestras.
He is regularly invited to conduct the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, DSO Berlin, RSO Stuttgart and WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and will further continue his close collaboration with the new SWR Symphony Orchestra. Guest appearances in 2016 and 2017 include the Orchestre National de Lille, Brussels Philharmonic, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestra del Teatro dell’Opera Roma and the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern.
Peter Rundel has conducted the world premieres of opera productions at the Bavarian State Opera, Wiener Festwochen, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bregenz Festival and Schwetzinger SWR Festspiele where his work in opera includes traditional repertoire as well as groundbreaking contemporary music theatre productions.
Born in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Peter Rundel studied violin with Igor Ozim and Ramy Shevelov in Cologne, Hannover and New York, as well as conducting with Michael Gielen and Peter Eötvös. The composer Jack Brimberg was also one of his mentors in New York. From 1984 until 1996 he was a violinist in Ensemble Modern, to which he remains closely affiliated as a conductor. In the contemporary music world, he has enjoyed long associations with Ensemble Recherche, the Asko|Schönberg Ensemble and Klangforum Wien. He is also a regular guest with Ensemble intercontemporain and Ensemble Musikfabrik.
Peter Rundel has been artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Flanders, as well as the founding artistic director of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, while in January 2005 he was appointed artistic director of the Remix Ensemble Casa da Música in Porto.
Peter Rundel has been awarded many prizes for his recordings of 20th century music, including the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Nono, “Prometeo”; Kyburz, Ensemble- und Orchesterwerke; Reich, “City Life”; Furrer, Piano Concerto), the Grand Prix du Disque (Jean Barraqué, complete work), the Echo Klassik (“Sprechgesänge” with the Ensemble Musikfabrik) and a Grammy Award nomination (Heiner Goebbels, “Surrogate Cities”).
As of June 2017
Ensemble Musikfabrik II
Juliet Fraser, soprano
Peter Rundel, conductor
Music by Rebecca Saunders
Clocks without Hands
Works by Ashley Fure, Justė Janulytė (world premiere) and Olga Neuwirth, performed by Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Peter Rundel