I'll be touring with Hauser, one of the 2 Cellos, playing the music from our Sony recording of core classical masterpieces, Swan Lake, in venues throughout Europe. Watch this space for other international dates. More info HERE.
2020 Highlights at a glance:
February 3 - BBC Concert Orchestra, Music of Erich Wolfgang Korngold for BBC Radio 3
February 17/18 - Premiere of "Voices" by Max Richter, Barbican Centre, London
March 10 - Debut with the Philharmonie de Luxembourg Taxi Driver
April - May International Tour with Hauser, cello.
May 9/10 Max Richter - Voices and Three Worlds, Philharmonie, Paris.
June 12 - Max Richter - Three Worlds, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London
American-born, UK-based, Robert Ziegler is one of the most versatile conductors working today. His guest conducting in the 2019-20 season takes him into the recording studio with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic, and concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the Far East. Past seasons featured a sold out tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Holst's The Planets and Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra and concerts with the City of Birmingham SO, Shanghai Symphony and London Philharmonic as well as debuts with the Orchestre Nationale d'Ile de France, and Japan Phlharmonic Orchestra. He's known for his inventive programming and innovative collaborations with artists from opera, jazz, theatre and contemporary pop music, his repertoire ranges from core symphonic music to the avant garde. He is regularly in the studio to record sound tracks for new film releases and performs widely in film and live music concerts. His orchestral arrangements have been played by orchestras around the world and he maintains a lively career as a broadcaster for BBC Television and Radio.
I'll be touring with Hauser, one of the 2 Cellos, playing the music from our Sony recording of core classical masterpieces, Swan Lake, in venues throughout Europe. Watch this space for other international dates. More info HERE.
I'll make my debut with the Philharmonie de Luxembourg March 10 with another performance of the stunning score of Bernard Herrmann for the Scorsese classic film Taxi Driver. More Info HERE
A special radio project for BBC Radio 3. Inspired by the film The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex this features a new script mixing the history and legend of the film and characters featuring a wide range of music by that film's composer, Erich Wolfgang Korngold with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
I'm thrilled to be conducting the premiere of Voices at the Barbican Centre, London 17/18 February 2020.
This will be followed by further performances of Voices and Three Worlds in Paris in May and and outdoor performance in Chelsea in June. More Info HERE
Polish premiere of the intriguing Philip Glass piece "Icarus At the Edge of Time" in my debut with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.
A Sony recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring the cellist Stjepan Hauser.
A second recording project for Sony in Bratislava featuring a wide range of John Williams' music from the Star Wars films.
A conducting debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon in Max Richter's ballet score "Three Worlds".
After recording with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of the Animal Requiem of Rachel Fuller, it premiers at St. James Piccadilly on Jan 31 with the Carnival of the Animals with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.
The BBC Concert Orchestra will perform a tribute to legendary illustrator and creator of Marvel superheroes, Stan Lee, at the Hackney Empire theatre. The concert will be broadcast on Radio 2 for Friday Night is Music Night. For more info click HERE.
A debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducting the complere memoryhouse by Max Richter.
A command performance of the score for Taxi Driver played live with the film by the Princess of Asturias Foundation to mark the 2018 Arts award to director Martin Scorsese who will attend the ceremony
A debut with the ground breaking Detroit Symphony and Music Sacra chorus for an outdoor performance of 2001: A Space Odyssey at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Five days of recording with the wonderful Czech Philharmonic in Prague's amazing Rudolfinum for two new releases on Sony Music of outstanding film scores from Williams to Goldsmith and many more.
A West End premiere at the Drury Lane Theatre for a performance of the classic Brit flick The Italian Job with Michael Caine in attendance. I'll conduct the original Quincy Jones score.
Conducting debut with the RTE Symphony Orchestra in Dublin for a performance of Bernard Herrmann's score for Taxi Driver with a screening of the restored film by Martin Scorsese. For more info click HERE
Conducting the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Chorus in a programme of Holst - The Planets, Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra and Adams - A Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The performance also features stunning film footage from Houston's NASA space missions. Info click HERE
With the composer Shigeru Umebayashi at Abbey Road's Studio 2 for a recording of his new score for Once Upon A Time in tne Northwest for release in China as well as scores for Chinese mobile games platforms. Go East, Young Man!
Conducting recording sessions at Air Lyndhurst Studios for Max Richter's new score for a Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film Werk ohne Autor.
Stars of the West End and Game of Thrones Hannah Waddingham and Damian Humbley join the Ulster Orchestra and Belfast Philharmonic Choir in a spectacular evening of musical theatre hits. More info HERE.
Conducting the Scottish Chamber Orchestra in Max Richter's Three Worlds - Music from Woolf Works in a specially prepared suite by Max for performance at Celtic Connections, Glasgow. More info HERE
A tribute to the music of Film Noir with the BBCCO in classic scores Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard, The Lost Weekend, and "New Noir" of Jonny Greenwood's Inherent Vice and Badalamenti's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. Broadcast on Radio 3. Ticket info HERE
A rare performance by the BBC Concert Orchestra of Britten's music for the Louis MacNiece radio play "The Dark Tower" with actors and full text broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from Aldeburgh, UK.
Recording the original music by Nathan McCree from the first three Tomb Raider Games (TRI, TRII, and TRIII) with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios to mark the 20th anniversary of the game.
Leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in collaboration with composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood in scoring sessions for the new Paul Thomas Anderson film "Phantom Thread" starring Daniel Day
The West Coast performances of Classic Quadrophenia with the cast of the triumphant Royal Albert Hall debut: Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe with orchestra and chorus on the stage of the Greek Theatre, Los Angeles. LA TImes Review HERE
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins the tour for a benefit performance for Teenage Cancer America at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre.
The first American performances of Classic Quadrophenia with the cast of the triumphant Royal Albert Hall debut: Pete Townshend, Billy Idol and Alfie Boe with orchestra and chorus on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Review HERE
A screening of the classic film Casablanca with a live performance of the Max Steiner score performed by the RTE Concert Orchestra at the National Concert Hall, Dublin. More info Here
A return to Friday Night Is Music Night with the BBC Concert Orchestra in Lichfield Cathedral as part of the Lichfield Festival. The concert will feature both contemporary and classic film scores. More Info HERE
A gala performance of the great scores of film music legend John Williams with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim Palace. Ticket info HERE
Conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a return engagement for a live music and film event - the iconic Bernard Herrmann score for Hitchcock's terrifying Psycho at the Royal Festival Hall, London. Ticket info HERE
the World Premiere of Three Worlds - Music from Woolf Works in a specially prepared suite by Max for performance at Blenheim Palace with the Aurora Orchestra. More Info HERE
A long and excellent day of music by Max Richter with massive string and brass ensembles scoring at Air Lyndhurst Hall for the new Scott Cooper film Hostiles starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.
The first performance of the music for Martin Scorsese's classic film, Taxi Driver, with a live performance of the magnificent final score from Bernard Herrmann at the Royal Festival Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra. More info HERE.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the gloabal game phenomenon that is Tomb Raider, an orchestral concert of the iconic music composed by Nathan McCree, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. More info HERE.
Recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Max Richter's ballet Woolf Works at the legendary Babelsburg Studios in Berlin.
A return invitation to conduct the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in a performance of music by Ligeti, Strauss and Khatchaturian to accompany a screening of Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece, 2001: A Space Odyssey. More info HERE
A triumphant return to the Royal Albert Hall on October 1st for two concerts of the music of film music master John Williams with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. More info HERE
As part of the Almodovar series at the British Film Institute, I was asked to interview his longtime collaborator, composer Alberto Iglesias, for whom I conducted his latest score Julieta. You can watch it HERE
Concerts featuring the greatest of the popular classical repertoire performed by the CBSO including Berlioz, Chabrier, Mendelssohn and Grieg. Full programme HERE
Live performance of Max Richter's Memoryhouse with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France in the new Philharmonie de Paris. More info HERE
A 7 performance tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Holst's The Planets with a special Royal Albert Hall performance of Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra with special films from NASA. It's a concert, Jim, but not as we know it!
A spectacular concert of the scores of film composer John Williams alongside the greatest songs and themes from the films of James Bond with the Shanghai Philharmonic in the city's Botanical Gardens.
Recording the latest film score from Max Richter at London's Air Studios
Great Film music for Valentine's Day with the Ulster Orchestra.
A benefit concert with Rebecca Ferguson, Collabro and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the Prince's Trust sponsored by Huawei
Classic Quadrophenia will be broadcast across the USA during December 2015 on PBS.
Debut with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus for 2001:A Space Odyssey Live in Tokyo at Bunkamura Orchard Hall
The grand finale to David Byrne's Meltdown Festival, Jerry Goldsmith's great score for Planet of the Apes played by the BBC Concert Orchestra live to film at the Royal Festival Hall. More info here.
Recording Max Richter's new film score for Luke Scott's film Morgan.
The European performance Classic Quadrophenia gets underway with with Alfie Boe and the Boruslav Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna (31 Oct)
Another exciting debut with the Shanghai Symphony in music of Ligeti and Strauss accompanying "2001 - A Space Odyssey".
The World Premiere of a new orchestral version of ‘Quadrophenia’. Debut recording released by Deutsche Grammophon and concert at the Royal Albert Hall on 5 July with Pete Townshend, Alfie Boe, Royal Philharmonic. Watch HERE
A return performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the great film music of John Williams at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Tickets HERE.
Debut with the Gulbenkian orchestra in the special film and music project 2001: Live. This features the 96 strong orchestra with chorus in music by Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss II and Gyorgy Ligeti accompanying the masterpiece by Stanley Kubrick: 2001 - A Space Odyssey.
RTE Concert Orchestra Music from the 1930s
Weill - Seven Deadly Sins (with Storm Large)
Rodgers - Slaughter on Tenth Avenue
Copland - Four Dance Episodes from "Rodeo"Review HERE
The fifth consecutive New Year's Eve concert with the magnificent Manchester Camerata this year featuring the legendary Maria Friedman and Damian Humbley in a classic concert of the best of Broadway.
Sold out concert at Reading's Hexagon Theatre conducting the RPO in a programme of the film music of John Williams.
Return to the Royal Albert Hall for a reprise of the sold out John Williams 80th birthday tribute concert.
Conducting the debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the new orchestral version of Pete Townshend's Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe, tenor.
Conducting at Air Studios, London a new film score by Max Richter for the film Testament of Youth based on the memoirs of British feminist, pacifist and writer, Vera Brittain recalling her experiences of World War One.
Back again at Air Studios, London for a day of recording the music of James Horner for a new Chinese language feature Wolf Totem filmed in Mongolia by French director Jean Jacques Annaud.
Conducting the UK tour of music by Ben Folds with Ben as soloist in his own piano concerto along with the Northern Sinfonia (4 concerts) and the Heritage Orchestra for the London Barbican concert.
Conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road's Studio 2 for Jonny Greenwood's new score for Paul Thomas Anderson's new fiim, based on the Thomas Pynchon novel Inherent Vice starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin and Joanna Newsome.
Ringing in the New Year with the Manchester Camerata and Hannah Waddingham and Graham Bickley, Ziegler conducts a show that features Gershwin, Cole Porter through contemporary Sunset Boulevard and Les Miserables. All this and champagne, too.
RZ is Editorial Consultant for Dorling Kindersley's Music - the definitive visual history. A groundbreaking publication, Music is the only book on the market to visually chart and timeline the entire history of music from a global perspective.
Ziegler conducts the final programme in the BBC's Sound of Cinema series in scores chosen by presenters across six BBC radio networks. The "winner"was chosen by listeners and comes from a concert of Bombay, Django Unchained through Mary Poppins and Star Wars.
Ziegler presents an edition of Saturday Classics for BBC Radio 3 called: "Conducting for Hollywood" with music from Korngold, Rozsa, Herrmann, Howard Shore, Jonny Greenwood showing the versatility and imagination of the creators of the great film scores.
One of the main events of the BBC's Century of Cinema, Ziegler makes his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a programme of outstanding film scores of the 20th Century. More Here
Ziegler conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Bryn Terfel, John Owen Jones and Maria Friedman in a programme of the great Musicals.
Grand finale to our CBSO tour on their home turf at Symphony Hall, Birmingham with Jeremy Irons. A class act to bring down the curtain.
Manchester Back Stage with David Arnold, Paddy Considine, Leisure Society, Mark Kermode and me after a epic night.
Onstage at the Barbican, London with Simon Mayo and Jason Isaacs flanked by Mark Kermode and RZ with the wonderful CBSO for the 2nd of our Film Music Live Tour.
Backstage at the first concert with CBSO in Cheltenham 3 July 2013 with Jim Broadbent and Mark Kermode. Check out Mark's blog from Cheltenham HERE.
Ziegler tours in July 2013 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and presenter Mark Kermode throughout the UK. Social media fallout HERE
Records the Mark Isham's award winning score for "42" - the story of American baseball legend Jackie Robinson. Behind the scenes YouTube clip HERE.
Recorded John Debney's score for the bio pic JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher at Angel Studios in London. Behind the scenes video HERE
Conducts John Williams' 80th birthday celebrations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall.
See the video here.
Increasingly in demand as conductor for original film score soundtracks, Ziegler works with Howard Shore, John Debney, Mark Isham, Rachel Portman and others in London.
Conducts the RTE Concert Orchestra in premiere of the Credo by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Ros), Steve Reich's Eight Lines, and Popcorn Superhet Receiver by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
In his debut with the BBC Philharmonic Ziegler conducts the first simultaneous broadcast of BBC Radios Five Live and Radio 2 with an added digital television broadcast for the Kermode/Mayo Film programme.
Conducts the world premiere of Stewart Copeland's The Tell Tale Heart at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Watch it on YouTube:
The premiere of "Hollywood to Bollywood" at a sold out St. Luke's Church - a concert conceived by Robert and tabla virtuoso/producer Kuljit Bhamra that merges the Indian and European classical traditions with the glamour of Hollywood and Bollywood film music.
Robert continues his series for BBC Radio 4 with a programme on Ken Russell's films - Ken Russell's Lollipops.It includes interviews with Pete Townshend, Twiggy and Roger Daltrey.
Robert conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in two concerts - Dvorak Symphony no. 8 and the Beethoven Violin Concerto with Chloe Hanslip. Also a gala at the Royal Albert Hall - David Arnold's Concert for Care which features film composers from the US and UK.
Writes and records Tarantino's Jukebox with Heavy Entertainment Productions - one of a series of radio features for BBC Radio 4 looking at the way great film directors use music. Tarantino's Jukebox wins the Gold Award for Music features at the New York Radio Awards.
Returns to BBC 4 as Music Director for special television broadcast with Annie Lennox
Tours Ireland with Ute Lemper to perform Weill's Seven Deadly Sins along with Ziegler's original orchestral arrangements of Weill, Brel, Piazzolla with Ulster Orchestra and RTE Concert Orchestra.
Music Director for the special BBC4 Television broadcast with composer and song writer Randy Newman. Released as DVD and CD on Nonesuch.
Conducts Johnny Greenwood's score for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood.
Robert Ziegler on imdb.com
Collaborates with Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead on a new piece for the BBC Concert Orchestra "Popcorn Superhet Receiver". Heard by director Paul Thomas Anderson, this becomes the score for the film There Will Be Blood
Arranges and conducts special BBC Radio 2 concert broadcast featuring Lionel Richie.
Conducts and arranges the ground-breaking Flashmob: The Opera for BBC 3 Television which mounts a live performance with cast, chorus and orchestra in London's Paddington Railway Station. Broadcast live to over 100,000 viewers it wins the Montreaux Rose d'Or and the British RTS awards.
Conducts and arranges for many popular programmes with the BBC Scottish Symphony Proms in the Park with guest artists including Nicola Benedetti, Evelyn Glennie and Jonathan Lemalu.
Tour of Stewart Copeland's orchestral music drawn from his film scores, Orchestralli, plays to sold out houses throughout Italy and the UK. Watch an excerpt HERE:
Debuts with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in a programme of Korngold Violin Concerto, Varese Ameriques and Copland Billy the Kid
'Arms and the Cow, with Robert Ziegler coaxing much froth and vim from the BBC Concert Orchestra.' Daily Telegraph
"Packed to the rafters -Ute Lemper's late-night cabaret concert with the Matrix Ensemble and Robert Ziegler. A divinely decadent-looking audience yelled its head off.' The Guardian
To celebrate Kurt Weill's centenary, he conducts the World Premiere of Der Kuhhandel (Arms and the Cow) at the Barbican Centre in London. Later the same evening, leads his own Matrix Ensemble in a sold out concert with Ute Lemper.
Ziegler commissions a new score for Hitchcock's silent thriller The Lodger by the Divine Comedy's Joby Talbot.
'The wryly atmospheric music blazed in the hands of the Matrix Ensemble conducted by Robert Ziegler. Hitchcock, a connoisseur of sound, would have relished it.’ The Observer
Ziegler arranges the Paul Robeson Songbook for orchestra with Willard White. 'Ziegler's arrangements, which nodded towards big band and Broadway, were full of fascinating variety.' (The Times)
‘This is a fascinating collection and an important one... These songs must be hellishly difficult to translate, both in the literal sense, and in terms of modern performers recapturing their idiom..... Painstaking efforts have been made to re-orchestrate them authentically... the results are vividly evocative.' (Gramophone)
Ziegler's arrangements of songs by Spoliansky, Rudolf Nelson and Friedrich Hollander are hailed as '...imaginative and resourceful....an absolute delight... Quite simply, it’s a stunning disc...(Classic CD)
Ziegler's research into the cabaret songs of the Weimar Republic produces a hit CD for Decca's Entartete Musik series with German chanteuse Ute Lemper.
Conducts first major contemporary film score: Pat Doyle's score for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility, starring Emma Thompson. Many more will follow.
Ziegler's survey of music by Wilhelm Grosz, including the four cabaret songs Bankel und Balladen is recorded for Decca. '... performed with sizzling, raucous eloquence under Robert Ziegler.' Financial Times
‘There is always a Prom that demands to be seen as well as heard. This year it is the Matrix Ensemble’s debut Prom on Wednesday. ...Under the baton of LA emigré Robert Ziegler, this ensemble has earned a reputation of brilliantly coherant programming.' The Observer
Debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, in a programme of German music influenced by black music: Weill’s Cry, the Beloved Country (from Lost in the Stars); Mahagonny Songspiel; Zimmermann’s trumpet concerto with Håkan Hardenberger, soloist; and Wilhelm Grosz’ Afrika Songs.
A second collaboration between the BFI, BBC and Matrix Ensemble is premiered at the Auditorium du Louvre, Paris: Jonathan Lloyd's new score for Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail.
‘one of the indispensable discs of the year.’ Classic CD, July 1991
CD DEBUT - From the Salon of the Princesse du Polignac - ASV:
‘The performances deserve the greatest praise ... first class. A fine recording ... outstanding.’ Gramophone, July 1991
Commissions new score for EA Dupont's 1929 silent film Moulin Rouge from jazz composer Mike Westbrook in collaboration with the British Film Institute. The film stars Olga Chekhova.
Returns for a third time to the Almeida Festival, this time with three short theatrical works by Kurt Weill: Marie Galante, War Play (from Johnny Johnson) and Cry, the Beloved Country (from Lost in the Stars). The programme is filmed by BBC TV.
Debuts with BBC Scottish Symphony, Scottish Chamber Orchestra on tour and BBC Concert Orchestra.
Films Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat and Satie's Genevieve de Brabant for Channel Four with the Little Angel Marionette Theatre.
Returns to the Almeida Festival for a retrospective of music by German serialist composer Stefan Wolpe.
Founds the Matrix Ensemble to explore new and neglected repertoire and collaborate with other disciplines. The group makes its debut at the Almeida Festival and later performs music by Brecht's collaborator Hanns Eisler, including the UK premiere of The Decision (Die Massnahme).
Prizewinner in the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition. Conducts extensively in Poland and Germany.
Studies conducting in Siena at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana with Franco Ferrara and Carlo Maria Giulini. Conducts BBC Symphony Orchestra in new music and rare repertoire for Radio 3.
Engagements follow with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Guest engagements in the 1980s take Robert throughout Europe and back to America.
Robert moves to the UK and is engaged to conduct American contemporary music by BBC Radio 3.
Conducts first operas in Los Angeles: La Boheme, Don Pasquale, Tosca, La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci, Carmen, Don Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro. Studies the Bach Cantatas with Helmuth Rilling, and makes debut at the legendary contemporary music series Monday Evening Concerts in a programme of Dallapicolla, Grisey and Stravinsky.
At 17 he begins composition and piano studies with Artur Schnabel's pupil John Ringgold and later with Polish virtuoso Jakob Gimpel. At 20 he begins studying conducting with former Klemperer colleague Fritz Zweig. Works as an assistant at the Monday Evening Concerts where he will later conduct.
Begins studying the piano as a 5 year old and later guitar at 10. Continues studies throughout his teens also playing in bands around Los Angeles.
Born at the end of the baby boom in Los Angeles, California to businessman Herbert Ziegler, and former American Ballet Theatre principal ballerina and MGM dancer Miriam Golden Ziegler. He's the youngest of three children.
Conducting the Premiere of Max Richter's Voices at the Barbican, London this February 2020.
I'm thrilled to be conducting the premiere of Voices at the Barbican Centre, London 17/18 February 2020. This will be followed by further performances of Voices and Three Worlds in Paris in May and and outdoor performance in Chelsea in June. More Info HERE
Released by Sony Classics, the anthology of music from all the films of the Star Wars Saga with the Slovakian Philharmonic Orchestra.
European Tour April - May 2020 with cellist Hauser
After the release of our recording with the London Symphony Orchestra, I'll be touring with Hauser, one of the 2 Cellos, playing the music from our Sony recording of core classical masterpieces, Swan Lake, in venues throughout Europe. Watch this space for other international dates. More info HERE.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold - BBC Concert Orchestra
2017-8 is a busy season as Robert returns to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, RTE Concert Orchestra, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Concert Orchestra. and with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. Several studio recordings of new film scores for release include composers Max Richter and Jonny Greenwood.
The music and art of the Weimar Republic has long held a fascination for Robert. Through extensive research in the 1990s he corresponded with the descendants and heirs of the composers and songwriters of the period and through his collaboration with Universal/Decca records contributed one of the outstanding recordings to their series of music banned under the Thrid Reich Entartete Musik.
The first was the hit CD Berlin Cabaret Songs featuring chanteuse Ute Lemper who sings this repertoire with peerless authenticity that takes us to the heart of Berlin in the 1930s under the lengthening shadow of the Third Reich. Robert and Ute regularly perform these songs live along with new arrangements of Brel, Piazzola and Weill.
Robert has also rediscovered the music of Wilhelm Grosz for Decca/Universal and recorded his wonderful song cycle of poems of Langston Hughes and other African American poets of the 1920s, Afrika Songs as well as some of Grosz hit songs he wrote under various pseudonyms: Harbour Lights, The Isle of Capri and Along the Santa Fe Trail.
Raus mit den Männern (Chuck Out the Men!)
Full listing of films on IMDB.com HERE.
Ziegler is in great demand as a conductor in the studio for original film score soundtrack recordings. In recent years he's worked with a variety of film composers including Jonny Greenwood, Howard Shore, Max Richter, Mark Isham, Michael Giacchino among many others.
He has conducted several concerts of film music in the UK with orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
Ziegler has also presented several concerts of film music with the film critic, writer and skiffle bass player Mark Kermode.
Ziegler has performed with orchestras throught the world accompanying films with live orchestra. Screenings include Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the 1960's classic Planet of the Apes with Jerry Goldsmith's ground breaking 12-tone score, and the forthcoming premiere in January 2017 of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver with Bernard Herrmann's great score.
One of Ziegler's enduring fascinations has been commissioning and performing new scores for silent movies like Mike Westbrook's fabulous score for E. A Dupont's 1929 classic Moulin Rouge. A fruitful collaboration with the British Film Institute also created new scores for two restored Hitchcock classics: Jonathan Lloyd's score for Blackmail and Joby Talbot's for The Lodger.
Ziegler is firmly committed to commmissioning and performing new works for orchestra.
He's commissioned several works through his Matrix Ensemble including new scores from Joby Talbot, Mark Turnage, Mike Westbrook and Jonathan Lloyd and performed with the London Sinfonietta, the BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras, the Nash Ensemble,for the SPNM and the legendary LA based Monday Evening Concerts in music by Xenakis, Turnage, Knussen, Saxton, Lieberson, Dallapiccola, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and many others.
He collaborated with the BBC Concert Orchestra, The South Bank Centre and the SPNM to perform new scores for Raga Mela that merged the Western and Eastern Classical music traditions.
Ziegler has created and conducted special orchestral arrangements with Deborah Harry, Police drummer Stewart Copeland, k.d. lang, Radiohead, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Donny Osmond, Richard Ashcroft (The Verve), David Gray, Pink Martini and jazz legend Wayne Shorter. He conducted the hit CD “Divenire” for composer/pianist Ludovico Einaudi , “Live in London” DVD/CD with Randy Newman.
His arrangements created a concert version of Jonny Greenwood's film score Norwegian Wood for a world premiere at the BBC Proms, arrangements of chanson of Jacques Brel for orchestra for Ute Lemper, several orchestral arrangements for the BBC Concert Orchestra's educational programme Music Machine and the re-creation of Weimar era cabaret songs for the Decca CD Berlin Cabaret Songs. He also has created a concert programme for solo bass and orchestra of the songs of Paul Robeson.
Please see the list of available arrangements below and contact me for more information.
Traditional – Highland Cathedral for orchestra and chorus
Britten – Cabaret Songs arr for orchestra and voice
Berlin Cabaret Songs
The songs below are arranged for both small and large ensembles. Please enquire for futher details.
(English Lyrics by Jeremy Lawrence)
Alles Schwindel (Life’s a Swindle) – Mishca Spoliansky
Munchhausen – Friedrich Hollander
Sex Appeal – Friedrich Hollander
Der Verflossene – Goldschmidt (Available from Boosey & Hawkes Publishing)
Raus mit den Männern (Chuck out the Men!) – Friedrich Hollander
Eine Kleine Sehnsucht (Just a Little Yearning) – Friedrich Hollander
Gesetzt den Fall (Well, just suppose) – Friedrich Hollander
Maskulinum Femininum – Spoliansky
Peter, Peter – Rudolf Nelson
Die Kleptomanin – Friedrich Hollander
Meine beste Freundin (When the Special Girlfriend) – Friedrich Hollander
Das Gesellschaftslied (The Society Song) – Mischa Spoliansky
Ich bin ein Vamp! (I am a Vamp!) – Mischa Spoliansky
L’heure Bleu – Mischa Spoliansky
Weill – September Song; Speak Low; My Ship; Saga of Jenny; Song of Mandalay; Surabaya Johnny; Alabama Song; Stranger Here Myself; Wie mann sich bettet; Morität von Mackie Messer (Mack the Knife); Matrosen Tango; Barbara Song; Le Grand Lustucru; Pirate Jenny;
Eisler – Ballade of Marie Sanders; To those who come later
Brel – Ne me quitte pas; Amsterdam
Paul Robeson Songbook for Bass-baritone and symphony orchestra or sextet (piano, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, sax/clarinets)
Witness - spiritual
Deep River - spiritual
On My Journey - spiritual
Go Down Moses - spiritual
Lazy Bones - Carmichael
Ezekiel Saw the Wheel - spiritual
Oh, No John! - English folk song
Eriskay Love Lilt - traditional
Jerusalem - Parry
Song of the Plains
Song of the Volga Boatmen
All God’s Chillun got Wings - spiritual
Got the South in my Soul
Joe Hill - Earl Robinson
I got plenty of nuttin’ - Gershwin
The Four Insurgent Generals
All through the Night – traditional Welsh
Mood Indigo - Ellington
Scandalize my Name - spiritual
Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel - spiritual
Ol'Man River - Kern
Ev'ry Time I Feel The Spirit - Spiritual
Other Works for orchestra
Nino Rota - Fellini Suite; music of Nino Rota arranged for orchestra
Excerpts of 8 1/2, La Dolce Vita
Mischa Spoliansky - Morphium (Waltz)
Two Sephardic Songs - El Marido Disfrazado/Estampie
Mascagni - Prelude to The Eternal City; orchestrated by RZ
Couperin - Les BaricadesMisterieuses; orchestrated by RZ
Chaplin – Smile
Broadcasts for radio include the award winning series on international cabaret songs, Sekt, Smoke and Satire that listened to cabaret songs from around the world. With Heavy Entertainment Productions he wrote and presented two award winning shows on film directors' use of music: Tarantino's Jukebox and Ken Russell's Lollipops winning the New York Radio Awards Gold Prize for the former. He also presented two shows on film composers Nino Rota and Michel Legrand.
In Television he conducted Flashmob: The Opera which won a Montreux Rose d'Or and the British RTS Award.
He is the author of “Great Composers”, and Editor for “A Visual History of Music” both published by Dorling Kindersley.
As well as conducting all the major British orchestras, Ziegler is also a regular guest conductor throughout Europe and the Far East.
Robert has arranged and conducted two highly acclaimed recordings of classic Berlin cabaret songs for Universal with chanteuse Ute Lemper ...
Ziegler has conducted numerous original film sound tracks, from Sense & Sensibility to The Hobbit and There Will be Blood. A full list of his film work can be found HERE
Ziegler's performances include an increasing number of film screenings with live music including Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver with Bernard Herrmann's iconic score. MORE
Ziegler is firmly committed to commmissioning and performing new works for orchestra and ensemble. He has worked with many of the leading UK ensembles and orchestras in premieres of new works and performances of 20th century classics.
Ziegler has a wide experience of orchestral arranging having written for artists including Ute Lemper, Lionel Richie, the BBC Proms, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Decca, Universal and Warner Brothers records. His arrangements have been played by orchestras throughout the world.
Robert has written and presented several award winning programmes on music for BBC Radios 3 and 4. He's also arranged and conducted landmark shows for Channel Four and BBC 3 Television.
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