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.”
British conductor Duncan Ward has established himself as one of the most exciting and versatile conductors of his generation and enjoys working regularly with some of the leading ensembles and opera houses. Recent highlights have included engagements with the Orchestre de Paris, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, London Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and a return to Glyndebourne on Tour conducting Brett Dean’s acclaimed ‘Hamlet’.
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. And from 2015-2017, he was Principal Conductor of Sinfonia Viva – one of the UK’s most dynamic and versatile ensembles. He also held the post of Associate Conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Plans for the 2018/19 season include debuts with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Münchner Rundfunkorchester and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He will also return to the Orchestre de Paris to make his subscription debut, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien at the Musikverein and conduct a new production of Cendrillon for Glyndebourne on Tour.