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William Kunhardt

Since his professional debut as a 22 year old William Kunhardt has been engaged by orchestras and festivals across Europe, Asia and America.

He is Principal Conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and Resident Conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens. William is the 2014 winner of the James Conlon Conducting prize at Aspen Music Festival and the first Conducting Fellow ever to be immediately re-engaged as a guest artist by Director Robert Spano. He will return to Aspen in 2016 for concerts with Sarah Chang and Robert McDuffie. Further recent/upcoming highlights of this season included concerts with Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Romanian Radio Orchestra and the Hallé in Manchester.

Michael Church | The Independent

“Moving in the extreme”

With the Arensky Chamber Orchestra he has recorded Symphonies by Beethoven and Mozart, Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin and concerti with Jennifer Pike, Benjamin Grosvenor, Andrew Haveron and Andriy Viytovych, all for Classic FM.

Together they have made  debuts at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place and Cadogan Hall. As a guest artist William has made further debuts at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh (as one of an elite group of artists invited to perform at Britten’s centenary weekend), the British Museum in London (the first conductor to have given a concert) and has conducted the National Radio Orchestras of Bulgaria and Romania, Athens and Tallinn Camerata, Sweden’s O:Mordent Orkester, State Orchestras in Greece and Moldova, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra and at festivals in Bahrain, France, Sweden, Greece and Germany.

Fiona Maddocks | The Guardian

“Made you feel like you were at the centre of an arctic gale with frost on your chin!”

Born in London in 1989 and educated at Eastbourne College, William studied violin in London with Dona Lee Croft and conducting in Paris with Neil Thomson.

He has since been mentored by some of the world’s leading musicians, including Paavo and Neeme Jarvi, Peter Eotvos, Heinz Holliger, and Robert Spano, and has won fellowships and masterclass places at Lucerne, Aspen and IRCAM festivals. His previous positions have included Principal Conductor of the International Orchestra for Freedom and the Young Virtuosi Festival in Castelreng, France.

Outside of his professional career William uses his music to help others. For four years he was the director of the CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestra, raising funds for Britain’s leading children’s cancer charity, and currently serves as musical advisor to the Dorothy Croft Trust.

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Concerts

2nd June

The Hospital Club, Covent Garden

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Wagner Suite from Götterdämmerung
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

28th July

Aspen Music Festival

Viva Piazzolla
Sarah Chang, violin
Hector Del Curto, bandoneon
Aspen Chamber Orchestra

11th August

Aspen Music Festival

Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Mike Mills (R.E.M) Violin Concerto
Aspen Festival Orchestra

14th October

The Hospital Club, London

The Search for the Grail
Bax Tintagel
Wagner Parsifal ‘without words’
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

18th November

The Hospital Club, London

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

21st November

Bedford

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

2017

24th February

Bucharest

Weber Der Freischütz Overture
Bruch Concerto for Clarinet and Viola
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Romanian Radio Orchestra

2nd March

De Le Warr Pavilion, Bexhill

Britten Sea Interludes
Debussy La Mer
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

4th March

Towner Gallery, Eastbourne

Britten Sea Interludes
Debussy La Mer
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

9th March

Jerwood Gallery, Hastings

Britten Sea Interludes
Debussy La Mer
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

11th March

The Hospital Club, London

Britten Sea Interludes
Debussy La Mer
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

24th June

The Hospital Club, London

Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

28th-29th June

Birley Centre, Eastbourne

Sibelius Symphony No. 5
Arensky Chamber Orchestra

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William Kunhardt is Artistic Director the Arensky Chamber Orchestra, one of the country’s most innovative, critically acclaimed ensembles, and Resident Orchestra of the Hospital Club, Covent Garden. Find out more at their website.

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