British conductor Chloe Rooke (born 1996) was Assistant Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic in 22/23, also conducting them in concerts and recordings. She came to international attention after winning the Contemporary Award at the first International Conducting Competition in Rotterdam in May 2022 and the Audience Prize at the Donatella Flick-LSO Conducting Competition in 2021. She was subsequently invited to conduct the LSO in family concerts at the Barbican and made her mark at Kings Place with the London Sinfonietta and in a New Year’s concert with the BBC Concert Orchestra. In Autumn 2023, she returns to conduct the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at the Concertgebouw and is reinvited to the Residentie Orkest. She also debuts with Orchestre National de Lille and London Mozart Players.
Equally at home on the opera stage, Chloe conducted the Residentie Orkest and singers from the Dutch National Opera Academy in an acclaimed production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera at Amare in Summer 2023. This coming season she will conduct and assist at Opera North in Mozart Così fan tutte, and will assist at Garsington in a production of Britten's A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has previously assisted at the Glyndebourne Festival on Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, at Nancy on Magic Flute, and with A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Opera Rouen.
Her position as Assistant Conductor at the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (supporting their Chief Conductor Karina Canellakis, in addition to John Adams and Edo de Waart among others) followed upon two years of post-graduate study on the Dutch National Master in Orchestral Conducting, where she was mentored by Jac Van Steen, Kenneth Montgomery, Ed Spanjaard and Antony Hermus. Prior to that she studied under Sian Edwards at the Royal Academy in London, where she was awarded the Ernst Read Conducting prize and Fred Southall Memorial prize and an MA in Orchestral Conducting (Distinction).
Passionate about music’s role in bringing social transformation, Chloe is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Street Orchestra Live (the UK’s first street orchestra), her association dating back to 2019. SOL holds the mantra ‘Music for everyone, anywhere’, touring each year to parts of England with limited access to the arts. Each performance exudes the ensemble’s core ethos: to share the joy of music in the every-day and invite unassuming passers-by to join in the party for a moment in time.
Chloe began her conducting journey with a passion to bring people together to forge meaningful relationships and powerful performances, initially working with student and amateur orchestras at Oxford (where she graduated with first class honours in 2018) and in London.
“Many will leave Copenhagen with memories of Chloe Rooke, the young British conductor who lit the competition up with her sense of music’s joy and communicative potential.”