Duncan Ward


British conductor Duncan Ward is emerging as one of the most exciting talents of his generation. 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. At the start of this year he became Principal Conductor of the dynamic and versatile UK ensemble Sinfonia Viva.

Recent debuts include CBSO, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Britten Sinfonia, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra of India.  Forthcoming projects include with London Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne on Tour (Don Pasquale), Salzburg Festival Young Artists (Barbiere) and debuts with Copenhagen Philharmonic, Swedish Radio, Residentie Orkest and RTE Dublin. An accomplished composer, Duncan is signed to Peters Edition. Duncan is also Director and co-founder of the WAM Foundation which sends young UK musicians to India each year to teach Western classical music.

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    Chacony in G Minor


Cadogan Hall, London

ECO *Debut*

ELGAR Cello Concerto 
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis 
ELGAR Wand of Youth Suite No.1 

Caroline Dale
English Chamber Orchestra

Landau Forte College , Derby

Participants from Becket Primary School, Landau Forte College and Derby College perform newly created pieces accompanied by Sinfonia Viva, alongside existing orchestral works.

Programme to include:

BRITTEN Tarantella from Sinfonietta Op.1
LUTOSLAWSKI No. 3 from Dance Preludes   
CHRISTOPHER ROUSE The Surma Ritornelli
GLASS String Quartet No. 2, 1st movement
ANNA MEREDITH Night Shift (Nocturne)

Ben Abell
Sinfonia Viva

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Sinfonia Viva, Principal Conductor

Duncan Ward takes up the position of Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva in January 2015. The ensemble is renowned in the United Kingdom as one of the most dynamic and versatile of its kind. His opening concert on 10 January in Derby Cathedral will feature one of his own new compositions as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 4. 

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Sinfonia Viva - Inaugural concert as Principal Conductor

Derby Cathedral

[In] Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony.... Ward coaxed an apt sense of mystery from the players in the introduction, and in that magical lead-in to the recapitulation, while setting a cracking pace for the quick music elsewhere (and there’s not much that’s actually slow in this symphony). Ward’s Beethoven is clearly not afraid to live dangerously, though the orchestra appeared to have no problems meeting his demands.... Derby concert-goers can look forward to some exciting times.  Mike Wheeler

Manchester: A Maker of Maestros

Classical Music Magazine

"Duncan Ward is a remarkable young man who won BBC Young Composer
of the Year in 2005 and has had his music performed in India, China, the USA and
across Europe, and broadcast. A pianist and organist, he has conducted in public
masterclasses with Gergiev in London and Boulez in Lucerne, and had the Berlin 
post created for him by Sir Simon Rattle (also being given experience by Barenboim
with his orchestra there)." 
Robert Beale, Classical Music Magazine, July 2013


Sinfonia Viva Debut


The conductor was 23 year old Duncan Ward, who already has a wealth of experience. He clearly enjoys making music, and his infectious enthusiasm, combined with remarkable interpretive skills and a fluent conducting style, made for a very enjoyable programme, beginning with the Fifth Symphony of the even more youthful Franz Schubert, directed with great panache from the effervescent opening to the dance-like Vivace finale.

Michael Gray

BBC Radio 3


Duncan is one of the most engaging, intriguing, and exciting young talents - a real star for the future. BBC Radio 3


The Music Makers


In Elgar’s The Music Makers, for solo mezzo, chorus and orchestra, Ward showed total command of the score and of the spirit of a difficult work. Observation of some subtle aspects of Elgar’s design was outstanding. To achieve this measure of interpretative insight at the age of 22 is surely a sign of exciting musicianship and skill. His career will be watched with interest.

Salford Choral Society
Michael Kennedy CBE.