October 13 2015 18:00 PM ,Kölner Philharmonie


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American-born, UK-based, Robert Ziegler is one of the most versatile conductors working today. His guest conducting in the 2013-14 season takes him throughout the UK, the US and Australia. 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. 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.





























 In 2013-14 he led a successful tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and returned to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony, Manchester Camerata and made his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. 2014-15 will see debuts with the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 















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


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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August 28 2015

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Jerry Goldsmith's groundbreaking score live to film for Planet of the Apes at the Royal Festival Hall, London with BBC Concert Orchestra as part of Talking Head David Byrne's Meltdown Festival.



11-31 Oct 2015

Classic Quadrophenia - Royal Albert Hall 5 July 2015The European tour of Classic Quadrophenia gets underway with with Alfie Boe and the Neue Philharmonie Westfalen in Cologne (13 Oct) and Munich (26 Oct) and the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava in Vienna (31 Oct) 

8 May 2015

2001 A Space Odyssey 1Debut 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. 

14 April 2015

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Weill - Seven Deadly Sins (with Storm Large)

Rodgers - Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

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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

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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10 October 2014

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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. 


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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. 


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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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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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.

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Django Unchained04Ziegler 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.Leopold Stokowski Fantasia



Batman AOne 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. 


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.


Mark Kermode and RZ - London on Film 2012Ziegler 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. 



JobsRecorded 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. 

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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


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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. 


MicrophoneRobert 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. 

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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.

19 Aug 2015

Orchestras are broadening their scope

I explore how orchestras are broadening their scope in this article for the UK's Guardian Newspaper online. 

Read it HERE


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16 Aug 2015

Presenting for BBC Radio 3 - Saturday Classics

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Presenting two programmes on BBC Radio 3 about musical emirgrés from Josquin to Rachmaninoff. August 22 and September 5 at 1400 GMT. 


9 Jul 2015

Classic Quadrophenia Live Premiere

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Guest Conducting

2014 - 2015 is a busy season as Robert returns to conduct the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (Australia), the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Concert Orchestra, Manchester Camerata and RTE Concert Orchestra. He will also make debuts with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. 

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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. 


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Raus mit den Männern (Chuck Out the Men!)

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Film Music

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, John Debney, Mark Isham, Rachel Portman among many others. 

A full list of his work in film can be found HERE

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. 

This season sees him tour with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and film critic Mark Kermode. More about that HERE

Ziegler will also conduct the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in an American Film Music programme in September 2013. More information HERE

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One of Ziegler's enduring fascinations over the past 20 years 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.  

Ziegler's fruitful collaboration with the British Film Institute also new scores for two restored Hitchcock classics: Jonathan Lloyd's score for Blackmail and Joby Talbot's for The Lodger.  

The Matrix Ensemble performed all three numerous times at venues ranging from the Latitude festival to the 102 year old Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich.  



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Bollywood meets Hollywood in this dynamic, ground breaking concert idea that is a hit with all audiences. Hollywood icons meet Bollywood star power as the orchestra, tabla and sitar blend with the finest Asian voices in an unforgettable evening.

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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 

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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 beyond.  


  • 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. He also conducts several concerts of film music each season.  MORE

  • Silent Films with Live Music

    Silent Films with Live Music

    One of Ziegler's enduring fascinations over the past 20 years has been commissioning and performing new scores for silent movies like Mike Westbrook's fabulous Moulin Rouge (above).  MORE


  • Bollywood


    Bollywood meets Hollywood in this dynamic, ground breaking concert idea that is a hit with all audiences. 

  • 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. 



13 Oct 2015

Robert Ziegler with Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Alfie Boe at Kölner Philharmonie (October 13, 2015) Kölner Philharmonie

Cologne, Germany

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26 Oct 2015

Robert Ziegler with Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Alfie Boe at Gasteig Philharmonie (October 26, 2015) Gasteig Philharmonie

Munich, Germany

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25 Nov 2015

Robert Ziegler with Japan Philharmonic Orchestra at Bunkamura Orchard Hall (オーチャードホーãƒ... Bunkamura Orchard Hall (オーチャードホール)

Shibuya, Japan

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28 Aug 2015

Robert Ziegler with BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (August 28, 2015) Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre

London, UK

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10 Jul 2015

Robert Ziegler with Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Shanhai Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Hall (July 10,... Shanhai Symphony Orchestra: Chamber Hall

Shanghai, China

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05 Jul 2015

Robert Ziegler with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall (July 5, 2015) Royal Albert Hall

London, UK

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28 Jun 2015

Robert Ziegler with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal & Derngate Theatre (June 28, 2015) Royal & Derngate Theatre

Northampton, UK

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