Duncan Ward


British conductor Duncan Ward is emerging as one of the most exciting talents of his generation. In 2012 he was appointed on the recommendation of Sir Simon Rattle as Conducting Scholar of the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchester-Akademie. In January 2015 he becomes Principal Conductor of the dynamic and versatile ensemble Sinfonia Viva. 

Plans for 14/15 season include debuts with CBSO, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestra of India. He returns for varied projects with Britten Sinfonia, Baden-Baden (Traviata) and Sinfonia Viva. 

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


Philharmonie Cologne, Cologne

HAYDN Sinfonie A-Dur Hob. I:64
WIDMANN Ad Absurdum 
LIGETI Sechs Bagatellen  
BARTOK Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta Sz 106 

Sergej Nakariakov
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Philharmonie Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg *Debut*

SCHUMACHER Windfall Concerto (World Premiere)
LENTZ New Work (World Premiere in co-commission with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
LENNERS New Work based on a Luxembourgish folk song
MERTZIG Rhapsodie Choréorgraphique

Pascal Schumacher
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg

Philharmonie Berlin, Berlin

ACHRON Hebräische Melodie 
BRUCH Kol Nidrei 
BACH 2. Satz Andante 
ANONYMOUS Avinu, Malkenu 
AVNI Kaddish 
BEETHOVEN Romanze für Violine und Orchester Nr. 2 F-Dur 
BEN-ARI Violins of Hope 

Berliner Philharmoniker

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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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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.