Oliver Rundell studied at Cambridge University and trained at the National Opera Studio. He spent eight years as a member of the music staff at Scottish Opera, working on over thirty productions including Wagner's Ring Cycle. As a conductor he has worked for Scottish Opera, Opera North and the Northern Sinfonia, and is increasingly in demand as a trainer of youth orchestras in Scotland. Recent chamber music performances include the UK premiere of a previously unpublished clarinet trio by John Ireland, Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin du temps, performed on what would have been the composer's 100th birthday, and the Scottish premiere of Maurizio Kagel's avant-garde work Eine brise for 111 cyclists. In his spare time, Oliver has cycled to the Arctic Circle and swum from Greece to Turkey. He is currently a Lecturer in Opera at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.