British conductor Duncan Ward has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation. Recent highlights have included engagements with Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, London Symphony and a return to Glyndebourne on Tour conducting Massenet’s Cendrillon. He continues to build relationships with Vienna Radio Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Bamberger Symphoniker.
From 2012-14 he was Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie, to which he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle. And from 2015-2017, he was Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK’s most dynamic ensembles. He also held the post of Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Plans for the 2019/20 season include debuts with the Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Aurora Orchestra, as well as return visits to Gürzenich Orchester, New Japan Philharmonic and conducting the German premiere of Brett Dean’s acclaimed Hamlet at Cologne Opera.
Also an accomplished composer – winner of the 2005 BBC Young Composer of the Year – Duncan is now published by Peters Edition. His works have been performed by the Swedish Radio Symphony, LSO and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Also passionately involved in music charity projects across India, South Africa and closer to home with Streetwise Opera, he had the rare privilege to personally study Indian classical music with the late great sitarist Ravi Shankar.