As Music Director, Paul Hoskins has helped to build Rambert’s reputation as a vital force in new music in the UK. Following the UK premiere of Steve Reich’s Triple Quartet and a tour of Thomas Ades’ Living Toys, Paul won a Time Out Award in 2004, and then appeared with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at the 2005 Edinburgh International Festival, conducting three Mahler song cycles with Gerald Finley and Jane Irwin.
In 2008, Rambert began a major programme of commissioning new scores by composers from the UK and abroad. Paul also conceived the Rambert Music Fellowship, a residency scheme for composers, and launched the Rambert Orchestra. He conducts over 50 performances of new music every year, and the Music Fellowship has become one of the most respected schemes for music and dance. Since moving to the South Bank at the end of 2013 Rambert has commissioned 10 major dance scores, half of them by women.
In the UK Paul has worked as a guest with many orchestras including Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also been a regular assistant to Mark Wigglesworth and Sakari Oramo at the Proms, in Birmingham and at the Aldeburgh Festival. In the USA he has performed regularly in San Francisco and New York; in Europe he has worked with Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Holland Symphonia, George Enesco Philharmonic Bucharest, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Odense Symphony Orchestra.
Ballet and Opera
Paul has enjoyed many re-invitations to some of the world’s great ballet companies, appearing with New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, and the Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. In the last two years he has led major productions for the Croatian National Ballet in Zagreb, and South African National Dance Trust in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He will guest at National Ballet of Canada in Toronto later this year. Operatic work has included Don Giovanni with Roderick Williams, the world première of Stephen McNeff’s Clockwork, operas for Bampton Opera and the Buxton Festival, as well as assisting at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and regularly at English National Opera.
Paul has conducted numerous world premieres, and has worked closely with composers as diverse as Julian Anderson, Tobias Picker, Stephen McNeff, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Gavin Higgins and Mark Bowden. He has led among others Cambridge New Music Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Modern and the London Philharmonic Future Firsts. At Rambert he has worked particularly closely with Rambert music fellows Gavin Higgins, Mark Bowden, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Kate Whitley and Quinta; as well as numerous composers including Julian Anderson, Stephen McNeff, Daniel Bjarnason, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Gavin Bryars, Scanner, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Howard Goodall and Thomas Ades.
Ever since his first student job as conductor of the Morley College Symphony Orchestra in 1991, Paul has enjoyed training amateur orchestras. In London Paul has regularly conducted two of the best, Corinthian Orchestra and Ernest Read Symphony Orchestra, and worked as a guest with Salomon, Haydn Chamber Orchestra, Kensington Symphony and Forest Philharmonic.