Our Conductor - Darren Bloom
Born in Los Angeles and based in London, Darren Bloom is a composer, conductor, and educator. Described in The Times of London as ‘almost mystical... a genuine frisson’, Darren’s music is noted for its combination of ‘evocative harmony’ and ‘raw power’. His chamber symphony, Dr. Glaser’s Experiment, was commissioned by the London Symphony Orchestra and praised in theartsdesk.com as a ‘confident answer to the question: How can an orchestra perform the music of the future?’ Darren’s Strange Attractors for his own Ossian Ensemble was selected for the International Society for Contemporary Music by the UK panel, and his opera KETTLEHEAD was performed in the Tête-à-Tête and Grimeborn Opera Festivals. A winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, Darren was commissioned to write his Five Brief Lessons on Physics for the Piatti String Quartet and Cheltenham Music Festival.
Named a 2023 ‘Rising Star’ conductor and composer in BBC Music Magazine, Darren regularly conducts the London Symphony Orchestra’s Soundhub Scheme and has recorded three CDs of new music on the NMC label with the London Symphony Orchestra (Six Degrees of Separation – Five Stars in BBC Music Magazine), Philharmonia Orchestra, and New London Chamber Ensemble with percussionist Evelyn Glennie. For the past three seasons he has directed the Cambridge University New Music Group.
A graduate of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, Darren is completing an AHRC funded PhD under the supervision of Richard Causton at the University of Cambridge where he also teaches composition and orchestration. He is Lead Tutor for Composition and Musicianship at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire Junior Department.