As a conductor, Ludwig Wicki pursues many different genres and styles. As the Music Director of the Hofkirche, he cultivated sacred repertoire ranging from Gregorian chant to contemporary music with an emphasis on classical music, particularly Haydn, J.S. Bach, and the masters of the Renaissance such as Palestrina, Monteverdi, and Schütz. Moreover, he has conducted concerts of late Romantic and Impressionist works, the Viennese classics and chamber ensemble performances featuring Stravinsky, Schönberg and contemporary works. In 1999, Wicki founded the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra which dedicates itself primarily to the performance of film music. As Artistic Director, Wicki has developed many orchestra projects including presentations of classic silent films with live music such as those with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, and even cult films like Nosferatu. The symphony’s seasons feature more than ten film music projects annually and include collaborations with renowned film music composers such as Howard Shore, Randy Newman, Martin Böttcher, George Fenton, and Michael Giacchino. In 2008, Ludwig Wicki conducted the world premiere of The Fellowship of the Ring at the KKL Luzern with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, which was the first live performance of the original soundtrack to the first film of the trilogy The Lord of the Rings. Since then, he has conducted the piece in Munich, Washington, D.C., Lyon, Sydney, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, and with his 21st Century Symphony Orchestra at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The world premiere of The Two Towers in 2009 and The Return of the King in 2010 followed as well as the 2011 world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the 2012 world premiere of the live performance of Fantasia.
The RSNO Chorus performs in around six different programmes in up to twenty concerts across Scotland with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra each year. The RSNO Chorus has also had great success in recording with the Orchestra. Its recordings, amongst others, of Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky, conducted by Neeme J?rvi, and Holst’s The Planets, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, have both been subject to high critical acclaim. In addition to its commitment to the Orchestra, the RSNO Chorus performs independently and has been invited to perform with orchestras in many different parts of the world, establishing an international status for the choir. The RSNO Chorus has toured in Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Israel, Germany, Belfast, Australia, Trondheim and most recently, Amsterdam. The RSNO Chorus evolved from a choir formed in 1843 to sing the first full performance of Handel’s Messiah in Scotland. Today, the RSNO Chorus is one of the most successful choruses in the UK. In recent years, the Chorus has performed practically every work in the standard choral repertoire along with contemporary works by renowned composers, including John Adams, Magnus Lindberg, Howard Shore and James MacMillan. The RSNO Chorus is directed by Gregory Batsleer, one of the UK’s most dynamic and in demand choral conductors and chorus masters. Gregory recently received The Arts Foundation Award 2015 for Choral Conducting.