Duncan Ward

Principal Conductor, Sinfonia Viva
Associate Conductor, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
Composer signed with Peters Edition

credit: Alan Kerr


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. In 2015 he became Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles, as well as holding the post of Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.

Plans for the 2016/17 season include debuts with Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern, Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Aalborg Symfoniorkester, Stavanger Symfoniorkester, and at the Lucerne Festival with the Festival Academy Orchestra, return visits to Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg and Bamberger Symphoniker, in addition to many and varied projects with Sinfonia Viva and assisting Sir Simon Rattle in Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre with London Symphony Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker.


Performance Schedule

Performance Schedule

Sinfonia Viva

Duncan Ward assumed 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 2015 in Derby Cathedral featured one of his own new compositions alongside Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.

Violins of Hope Concert

Watch the Berliner Philharmoniker play a special concert to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Featuring Duncan Ward conducting Samuel Adler’s Elegy for string orchestra and Ohad Ben-Ari’s Violins of Hope for violin, cello and string ensemble (Première)

A special concert for a special occasion: On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, musicians of the Berliner Philharmoniker played on violins which had once belonged to victims of the Holocaust. This project was made possible by the Israeli violin maker Amnon Weinstein who has collected and restored these instruments over many years.