Duncan Ward – a former Trinity Laban Junior Fellow and an alumnus of Junior Trinity – has been appointed Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva.
Based in Derby, Sinfonia Viva is a virtuoso ensemble with a national reputation for delivering original and extraordinary creative musical experiences. Duncan will officially take up his post with the orchestra in January 2015, for a minimum contract of two years.
The 25 year old Duncan is fast emerging as one of the most prominent conductors of his generation. The 2014-15 season will mark his debuts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and Symphony Orchestra of India. Recent highlights include conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in their Britten100 concert with Ian Bostridge, and conducting the Chinese premiere of Peter Grimes in Beijing with a stellar international cast.
Duncan says: “Viva is an exciting ensemble with a fresh and dynamic outlook on what it means to be an orchestra today. I look forward to bringing the various diverse passions of my musical life into partnership with the similarly ever curious virtuosi of the orchestra to create some really exciting and innovative music making.”
Duncan spent 2011-12 as a Junior Fellow at Trinity Laban. The innovative Junior Fellowship programme enables young musicians to enhance their professional skills, whilst exploring their own artistic development. Other recent successful fellowship holders include conductor Tom Hammond and the Carducci Quartet.