Awards for Young Musicians

Giving talent a chance

Patron: 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.

Duncan became a patron in 2012 saying: “It’s just a thrill to have quickly changed around from being a beneficiary to being able to give something back. I wouldn’t be able to be where I am or follow my musical dreams were it not for charities like AYM. It’s so important for young musicians who don’t have the means to be given those chances. It’s a privilege and a thrill. It’s really exciting.”

A former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, he began conducting at a young age, studied music at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester and was a Sir Charles Mackerras Junior Conducting Fellow at Trinity Laban. Back in 2006, Duncan an AYM alumni, was the recipient of an annual Award: “AYM specifically contributed money for me to buy a better horn. A French horn. Any wind or brass player knows you can’t progress to a good level if the instrument will not let you.”

Plans for 2013/14 season included debuts with the Southbank Sinfonia, Ulster Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales along with the Chinese premiere of Peter Grimes in the Beijing Music Festival with Hangzhou Philharmonic. He also conducted the Britten birthday concert with Ian Bostridge in the Kammermusiksaal Berlin with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker . and Viennese Gala concerts with Manchester Camerata. He will conduct a special arrangement of “Kleine” Manon Lescaut at Baden-Baden Easter Festival and assists Sir Mark Elder at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2014.

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.