Christopher Rountree

The New York Philharmonic

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Christopher Rountree is the founder, conductor and creative director of the L.A. chamber orchestra wild Up. Formed in 2010, the group creates visceral, provocative experiences that are unmoored from classical traditions. In 2016 Mr. Rountree makes his Chicago Symphony, LA Opera, and Atlanta Opera debuts, and returns to the Music Academy of the West and the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series. He and wild Up join violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Shai Wosner at the Laguna Beach Music Festival, and he conducts Diavolo’s new show L’Espace du Temps: Glass, Adams, and Salonen. As a composer, his recent premieres and commissions include a piece for Jennifer Koh’s Shared Madness program, also part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, as well as a new piece for The Crossing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a re-orchestration of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Foreign Bodies, and a choral work for Bjork’s choir Graduale Nobili in Reykjavik, Iceland. Last year, Christopher Rountree founded an education intensive with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, continued an education partnership at the Colburn School, and taught “Creativity and Consciousness” at Bard College’s Longy School. He joined the production company Chromatic, conducted Opera Omaha performing John Adams’s A Flowering Tree, made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony’s SoundBox series, and started a three-year stint as guest conductor of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Christopher Rountree has also curated and created events for contemporary art institutions including the Getty Museum, MCA Denver, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and UCLA’s Hammer Museum.

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