Charles Baumstark is a French composer and conductor based in the Hague, Netherlands.


If his music finds its roots in a poetry of metaphysics and nature, it is rather in the pure forms of geometrics and in a more organic and living world that he finds the structures and timbres for his pieces. Willing to give back to the players a wide latitude of interpretation, his music puts together aleatoric and improvised elements that gravitate around unmovable musical kernels, between a precise writing and a total interpretative freedom.


A fervent promoter of new music, Charles has collaborated both as conductor and composer with contemporary music ensembles such as the RSNO Alchemy, the RedNote Ensemble, the Glasgow New Music Expedition, and the Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble. More recent projects have led him to also write for the Residentie Orkest and the New European Ensemble.
His work for large ensemble has been awarded a Special Prize during the BMIMF 2019 Composition Competition in Busan, South-Korea.


As a conductor, Charles has been passionately involved in the premiere and recording of numerous works, a role that he particularly enjoys. He has also participated in masterclasses with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Scottish Opera, under the tutelage of renowned conductors such as Thomas Søndergård, Martyn Brabbins, Christopher Seaman, Rumon Gamba and Kristjan Järvi.


Charles completed his Master degree in Composition at the Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, under professors Jan van de Putte, Diderik Wagenaar and Guus Janssen.
He holds his Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he completed the prestigious Joint Principal Study course in both Composition under the tutelage of Pr. Rory Boyle and Dr. Linda Buckley, and Conducting under Dr. Alasdair Mitchell and Pr. Garry Walker. In 2017 he was selected to participate in an exchange program in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, where he studied composition with Mikhail Fuchsmann and conducting with Yuri Mashin.
He is also a graduate of the Université Paris-Sud XI where he studied general Mathematics.


August 2022