Esmeralda Conde-Ruiz / Conductor
Esmeralda is a unique interdisciplinary choral conductor. She creates sight-specific choral works in collaboration with contemporary artists and composers, a true pioneer in the U.K. choral world.
She is a strong collaborator, always exploring new ways of choral sounds and venues and has worked worldwide with artists such as Yoko Ono, David Lang, Nils Fram, CocoRosie, Susan Philipsz, Robert Wilson, Matthew Herbert, Peter Liversidge & Mira Calix.
Esmeralda is also the first conductor to ever conduct a mass choir at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall: For British artist Peter Liversidge’s world premier of ‘The Bridge’ she created a choral sound piece with 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.
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’ directed by Oliver Warren.
For MIO Esmeralda conducts RPC.
What was the first piece you conducted?
Christmas Carol ’12 Days of Christmas’ with new words related to Borough Market, performed by Borough Market Choir at sold out Shakespeare’s Globe, with an audience of 1100 spontaneously joining in. Such overwhelming experience.
What is your favourite piece of music?
Non-Choral: Brian Eno – An ending (Ascent)
Choral: The Lamb – John Tavener
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Stephen Berg, American horn player and choral conductor. He inspired me, moved me, mentored me and pushed me into studying music. Thanks to him I truly learned to love choral music.
Where did you grow up?
South of Spain and central Germany. Going back and forth;
back and forth. As a child it all felt very normal to me, now I know that the culture clash coudn’t be any bigger.
What single item could you not live without?