Paul Hoskins is a conductor who has a wide experience in many different areas of music. He has specialised in contemporary music and ballet, and since 1996 he has been Music Director at Rambert, the UK’s national contemporary dance company. At the same time he has worked all over the world as a guest conductor in symphony and opera as well as dance.
After studying at Cambridge University and the Royal College of Music, Paul was conductor of Cambridge New Music Players, giving many world premieres and broadcasts, and appearing in London, Huddersfield, Brighton and frequently on Radio 3. In 1993 he made his debut with English National Ballet, after winning 2nd Prize in Conduct for Dance at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
In 1996 he was appointed Music Director of Rambert. He has helped to transform this company into a leading musical force, routinely commissioning music for dance from a wide range of composers, and giving over 50 performances a year with Rambert Orchestra throughout the UK. In 2009 he launched the Rambert Music Fellowship, providing a unique opportunity for emerging composers to learn about working in dance.
Paul Hoskins may be the only musician to have won an award for outstanding contribution to dance (Time Out, 2004), following the UK premiere of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades’ Living Toys. With Rambert Orchestra Paul has recorded chamber works by Gavin Higgins and Mark-Anthony Turnage on NMC Records, and new pieces by Cheryl Frances-Hoad for Champs Hill. In 2005 he appeared with Rambert and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the Edinburgh International Festival, conducting three Mahler song cycles with Gerald Finley and Jane Irwin. 2016 saw Paul conduct Haydn’s Creation with Rambert, the BBC Singers, Sarah Tynan, James Gilchrist and Neal Davies; the live broadcast has been seen all over the world and can still be seen online.
Paul has included opera throughout his career. The Magic Flute for European Chamber Opera, and Don Giovanni with Roderick Williams were followed by the world premiere of Stephen McNeff’s opera Clockwork at the Royal Opera House, and rare classical operas by Paisiello and Soler for Bampton Classical Opera and at the Buxton Festival. He has assisted at Glyndebourne (Peter Grimes) and English National Opera (The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Elegy for Young Lovers and Caligula).
As a guest conductor, Paul has conducted in every major concert hall and opera house in London. He has worked with many British orchestras around the UK and also given concerts in Slovenia, Romania, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Poland and the USA.
2009 saw a new collaboration with Britten Sinfonia and the Danish indie rock group Efterklang, in live performances of the Parades album in Leeds and at the Barbican, repeated in Stockholm with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2010.
In classical ballet, Paul has enjoyed many re-invitations to New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and both English National Ballet and SFB at the Liceu, Barcelona. Other engagements include the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Scottish Ballet, National Ballet of Croatia, National Ballet of Canada and South African National Dance Trust.