A return to "live" music with the Ulster Orchestra in an all-John Williams gala. For more info see HERE.


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2021-22 Highlights at a glance:

June 4 - Recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Giada Valenti produced by Gregg                     Field, Abbey Road Studios, London

July 10 - Recording Max Richter's score for new Apple TV series

August 22 - Recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Jonathan Antoine produced by                        Gregg Field, Abbey Road Studios, London

August 28 - Richter's Voices at SouthFacing Festival, London

September 30 - Recording with Royal Scottish National Orchestra

October 30 - Recording new project with Lang Lang and Royal Philhamonic Orchestra, London

November 4 - Max Richter's "Voices" with Sinfonia Cymru, Cardiff

November 22 - Recording with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet, 

December 4 - New Recording project with Pete Townshend, Rachel Fuller and RPO

January 29 - Ulster Orchesttra, Belfast - John Williams Gala

March 8 2022 - John Wiliiams Gala, Cambridge, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

June 3 20222001: A Space Odyssey Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London


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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.














January 2022

Star Wars 2 D689f92517648cc62ce56fc137295a61254be403A sign that life really is returning to the concert hall, the first of a pair of concerts of the film music of John Williams. Dust off those light sabers and join me and the Ulster Orchestra for all the great scores including Jaws, E.T., Star Wars, Schindler's List and more. 

March 2022

On 8 March 2022 the Royal Philharmonic and I take the stage at the Cambridge Corn Exchange for a welcome return of concerts of the music of John Williams. Featuring all the greatest scores including Star Wars, E.T., Jaws and many, many others. 

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12 March 2022

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June 2022

A debut with the Phiharmonia Orchestra at London's Royal Festival Hall conducting the live sound track to Kubrick's sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey with music by Strausses Johann and Richard as well as the sound of eternity courtesy of Gyorgy Ligeti's Atmospheres.2001 Head

November 2021

A busy month in London with a return to Abbey Road with the valiant Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet for Cosmic Rhapsody of Manu Martin, Matthieu Eymard and direction of Dr. Susan Lim. Jean Yves Thibaudet 1

November 2021

Max In CardiffA special performance of Max Richter's "Voices" with guest narrator poet Imtiaz Dharkar for the Cardiff Festival of Voice with Sinfonia Cymru, Grace Davidson voice and Mari Samuelsen, violin. 4 **** review here.

November 2021

For a few days I recorded with the excellent Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and pianist Lang Lang at Henry Wood Hall in London for Deutsche Grammophon.  Watch this space for more info!RZ And Lang Lang

August 2021

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will take place outdoors at the Crystal Palace Bowl in London for the South Facing Festival. More info HERE. 

July 2021

At last - back in Abbey Road studio 1 with the Royal Philharmonic, singer Giada Valenti and Grammy winning producer Gregg Field. Great arrangements by Chris Walden, Shelly Berg and Jorge Calandrelli. RPO Abbey Road Valenti

June 2021

LSO St Lukes SessionAs the pandemic continues to play havoc with recording  schedules, I stepped in for quarantined conductor/orchestrator Lee Reynolds for an eclectic recording of arrangements of Bartok and Enescu featuring Romanian jazz singer Teodora Brody and the London Symphony Orchestra.

March 2020

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 HERETaxi Driver Image New

Feb 2020

HqdefaultA 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. 

Feb 2020

I'm thrilled to be conducting the premiere of Voices at the Barbican Centre, London 17/18 February 2020.

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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

June 2019


Polish premiere of the intriguing Philip Glass piece "Icarus At the Edge of Time" in my debut with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra.

June 2019

A Sony recording project with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring the cellist Stjepan Hauser.


July 2019

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A second recording project for Sony in Bratislava featuring a wide range of John Williams' music from the Star Wars films.

May 2019

A conducting debut with the Orchestre National de Lyon in Max Richter's ballet score "Three Worlds". 

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31 Jan 2019


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.

24 January 2019

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. 

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30 Nov 2018

A debut with the Hong Kong Philharmonic conducting the complere memoryhouse by Max Richter. Blenheim Max

13 October 2018

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 ceremony18TAXI DRIVER Articlelarge

21 Sept 2018

2001 TokyoA 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. 

28 June 2018

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. Rudolfinum

10 June 2018

Italian JobA 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.

1 June 2018

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 HERETaxi Driver Image New

18/19 May 2018

13434943 10210029638164471 2399536778827956166 NConducting 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

22 April 2018

Ume Abbey RoadWith 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!

5 March 2018

Conducting recording sessions at Air Lyndhurst Studios for Max Richter's new score for a Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's film Werk ohne Autor.Max Richter

17 Feb 2018

Hannah Waddingham In Kiss 008Stars 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. 

23 Jan 2018

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 Max Blenheim

8 Dec 2017

Doubleindemnity HeaderA 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  

28 Oct 2017

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. 


16-17 Oct 2017

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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.


5 October 2017

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 DayPTA JG Air

16 Sept 2017

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 La 1505672038 Vaqht14389 Snap Image

13 Sept 2017

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins the tour for a benefit performance for Teenage Cancer America at Chicago's Rosemont Theatre.


9/10 Sept 2017

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 Petealfierobert

28 Nov 2015

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November 2021

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Autumn 2020

Swan Lake CDI'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.

25 August 2017

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 HereCasablanca 5 211F0bbd05028d29035360026fe7f640

16 June 2017

Max Blenheim 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

15 July 2017

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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

23 June 2017

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


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15 June 2017

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 HEREET moon





March 2017

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. 

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27 Sept 2016

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


21/22 Jan 2017

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Concerts in Cambridge, Southend and Hull of film music maestro John Williams with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Click the links on the locations for more info! 

6 January 2017

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.Taxi Driver Image New


18 Dec 2016

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25 October 2016

Recording for Deutsche Grammophon of Max Richter's ballet Woolf Works at the legendary Babelsburg Studios in Berlin. Babelsburg

2 October 2016

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 HERE2001 Tokyo

1 October 2016

Star Wars 2 D689f92517648cc62ce56fc137295a61254be403A 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

14 May 2016

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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.  

2 July 2016


Live performance of Max Richter's Memoryhouse with the Orchestre national d'Île-de-France in the new Philharmonie de Paris. More info HERE

11 April 2016

Recording the latest film score from Max Richter at London's Air Studios

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14 Feb 2016

Great Film music for Valentine's Day with the Ulster OrchestraAudrey Hepburn 1961 Breakfast Tiffanys Holly Golightly

15/22 July 2016

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16 Nov 2015

Recording Max Richter's new film score for Luke Scott's film MorganRichter Sleep

June 2016

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!13434943 10210029638164471 2399536778827956166 N

24 Nov 2015

2001 TokyoDebut with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus for 2001:A Space Odyssey Live in Tokyo at Bunkamura Orchard Hall

2 Dec 2015

A benefit concert with Rebecca Ferguson, Collabro and the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the Prince's Trust sponsored by HuaweiR Ferguson

August 28 2015

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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. 


11-31 Oct 2015

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28 June 2015

A return performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the great film music of John Williams at the Royal & Derngate, Northampton. Tickets HERE.  Star Wars 2 D689f92517648cc62ce56fc137295a61254be403

5 July 2015


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


14 April 2015

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Rodgers - Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

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25 Nov 2014

Sold out concert at Reading's Hexagon Theatre conducting the RPO in a programme of the film music of John Williams.

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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. 

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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. 

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Conducting the debut recording for Deutsche Grammophon of the new orchestral version of Pete Townshend's Quadrophenia with Alfie Boe, tenor. 

8 May 2015

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10 July 2015

Another exciting debut with the Shanghai Symphony in music of Ligeti and Strauss accompanying  "2001 - A Space Odyssey".

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31 Dec 2014

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. Maria Friedman

10 October 2014

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6 July 2014

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. 

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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.Leopold Stokowski Fantasia



JobsRecorded John Debney's score for the bio pic JOBS starring Ashton Kutcher at Angel Studios in London. Behind the scenes video 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. 



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Jeremy Irons Team PhotoGrand 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. Considine Arnold Team Photo

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Backstage at the first concert with CBSO in Cheltenham 3 July 2013 with Jim Broadbent and Mark Kermode. Jim Broadbent, RZ, Mark KermodeCheck out Mark's blog from Cheltenham HERE.


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Ziegler conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with Bryn Terfel, John Owen Jones and Maria Friedman in a programme of the great Musicals. 



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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.Stevereich


Conducts John Williams' 80th birthday celebrations with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. 

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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:



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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 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. 

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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. 

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 Returns to BBC 4 as Music Director for special television broadcast with Annie Lennox


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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.

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Music Director for the special BBC4 Television broadcast with composer and song writer Randy Newman. Released as DVD and CD on Nonesuch

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Conducts Johnny Greenwood's score for Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood. 
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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

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Arranges and conducts special BBC Radio 2 concert broadcast featuring Lionel Richie. Lionel Richie Apollo Page Bg 12071


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.  41264802 Flashmobbbc203


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. 

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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. 

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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)

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‘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 absolute delight... Quite simply, it’s a stunning disc...(Classic CD)


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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.  


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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





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‘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.

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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. 


StravinskyFilms Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat and Satie's Genevieve de Brabant for Channel Four with the Little Angel Marionette Theatre.


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 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). 

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Prizewinner in the Grzegorz Fitelberg International Conducting Competition. Conducts extensively in Poland and Germany.

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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.


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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.


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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.

22 Jan 2022

John Williams Gala LIVE at LAST!

A return to "live" music with the Ulster Orchestra in an all-John Williams gala. For more info see HERE.


 John Williams


12 Dec 2021

Pete Townshend at Air Studios with RPO

A great pleasure to be back at Air Studios with Pete Townshend, Rachel Fuller and the RPO for a new project. Pete Rachel RZ Air


27 Nov 2021

Thibaudet and RPO at Abbey Road.

Back at Abbey Road for a week of session with Jean Yves Thibaudet.Jean Yves Thibaudet 1


8 Nov 2021

Lang Lang RPO record for DG

Lang Lang and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra record for Deutsche GrammophonRZ And Lang Lang


Lang Lang RPO record for DG
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Guest Conducting

2020-21 sees a return to live performance as Robert returns to conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Ulster Orchestra and a debut with London's Philharmonia Orchestra.  Several studio recordings of new film scores for release include composer Max Richter and commercial recordings are to follow. 

RPO 2012

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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!)


Raus mit den Männern (Chuck Out the Men!)

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Film Music

Full listing of films on 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.  Recording "42" by Mark Isham at Abbey Road Studios ©2013 B Eolavega

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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.  


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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. Crumbspiral

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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


Other Songs

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








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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. 

  • Guest Conducting

    Guest Conducting

    As well as conducting all the major British orchestras, Ziegler is also a regular guest conductor throughout Europe and the Far East.  


  • Kabarett


    Robert has arranged and conducted two highly acclaimed recordings of classic Berlin cabaret songs for Universal with chanteuse Ute Lemper ...


  • Film sessions

    Film sessions

    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


  • Films with Live Music

    Films with Live Music

    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


  • Contemporary Music

    Contemporary Music

    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. 


  • Arrangements


    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. 



  • Broadcasting


    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. 



03 Feb 2020

Robert Ziegler with BBC Concert Orchestra at Alexandra Palace Theatre (February 3, 2020) Alexandra Palace Theatre

London, UK

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11 Jan 2020

Robert Ziegler at Philharmonie de Luxembourg (January 11, 2020) Philharmonie de Luxembourg

Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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01 Dec 2018

Max Richter with Mari Samuelsen, Robert Ziegler, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at Concert Hall,... Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre 香港文化中心音樂廳

Hong Kong, China

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30 Nov 2018

Max Richter with Mari Samuelsen, Robert Ziegler, and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at Concert Hall,... Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre 香港文化中心音樂廳

Hong Kong, China

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