Conductor and composer Christopher Rountree stands at the intersection of classical music, new music, performance art, and pop. Rountree is the founder, conductor, and creative director of the path-breaking L.A. chamber orchestra wild Up, which started in 2010 with no funding and no musicians, driven by Rountree’s vision of a world-class ensemble that creates visceral, provocative experiences. Last season, Rountree debuted with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and with Washington National Opera, and returned to the Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He’s conducted a litany of great ensembles and festivals including the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the Prototype Festival, Beth Morrison Projects, the American Composers Orchestra, Bohuslav Martinu Philharmonic, American Youth Symphony, and the Rose City Chamber Orchestra. He’s been tapped to curate events for contemporary art institutions, including the Getty Museum, MCA Denver, and the Hammer Museum, where a long-running wild Up residency brought the group to national prominence.