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.

Recent highlights  include the Britten birthday concert with Ian Bostridge with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Chinese premiere of Peter Grimes in the Beijing Music Festival with Hangzhou Philharmonic and Viennese Gala concerts with Manchester Camerata. Future projects include debuts with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Copenhagen Philharmonic and returns to Baden-Baden. On 28 May he conducts the premiere of Alexander Goehr's Chamber Symphony with Scharoun Ensemble in their 30th birthday concert. 

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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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.