Duncan Ward

"The Sir Charles Mackerras Conducting Fellowship has proved an ideal way for me to try out new repertoire for professional engagement with the college's orchestras and ensembles, as well as leading some ambitious contemporary projects and working alongside conductors such as Ed Gardner, Paul Daniel and Elgar Howarth. The flexible approach of the opportunity means it can tailored to suit your needs and interests, with the invaluable resource of Trinity's teaching staff, facilities and musicians. Opera, early music, choral, contemporary, symphonic and more is all there to get involved in, and I was also able to use the money to pursue other exciting opportunities beyond Trinity Laban."
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 for a two year position.

Plans for 2013/14 season include conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker in their Britten birthday concert with Ian Bostridge, International Contemporary Ensemble in the Acht Brucken Festival, Cologne, and debuts with Southbank Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales as well as the much-anticipated Chinese premiere ofPeter Grimesin Beijing with a stellar international cast. He also returns to Baden-Baden to conduct a special arrangement of "Kleine"ManonLescautat the Easter Festival and conducts Manchester Camerata's New Year concerts. Future plans include returns to Baden-Baden and Britten Sinfonia, assisting at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and further projects with Sinfonia Viva and his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of India.

Recent highlights include debuts with the Bamberg and Lucerne Symphony orchestras, Northern Sinfonia, Royal Scottish National, National Youth orchestra of Great Britain, Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele with Igor Levit, MIAGI orchestra in South Africa, International Contemporary Ensemble in New York, assisting Mo. Rattle in Baden-Baden (Die Zauberflöte) and leading an education project with Britten Sinfonia. In Summer 2012, he conducted at the Royal Opera House as part of the London 2012 Festival with members of Streetwise Opera and in 2013 was Music Director of the critically acclaimed "The Answer to Everything".

Opportunities in Berlin include as rehearsal conductor for a special commission by Rihm for the 50th anniversary of the Philharmonie, as well as a world premiere by Benedict Mason and Haas' masterpieceIn Vain. He has additionally assisted Sir Simon Rattle withGurrelieder,Die Walküre, Britten's War Requiem and the Glagolitic Mass. Duncan also conducted an all-Boulez programme with the Orchester Akademie in May 2013.

Following a month working in India in 2006, Duncan subsequently co-founded the WAM Foundation which sends young UK musicians each year to teach Western classical music in schools across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Kerala. The charity has since attracted the attention of the great late Ravi Shankar, who invited Duncan to study with him in California in 2010.

Also an accomplished composer - winner of the 2005 BBC Young Composer of the Year - Duncan is now published by Peters Edition.  Recent composing highlights include a work for the LSO as part of their Panufnik Scheme and performances of his works by groups such as the Endymion Ensemble, BBC Singers and The Sixteen. He was appointed Composer for Coutts Bank's Family Business Awards in 2008.