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Kristo Kondakçi, Conductor

27–year–old conductor Kristo Kondakçi, known for his vivacious and infectious musical energy, has acquired wide-ranging musical skills and an impressive list of accomplishments. He made his professional conducting debut with the Albanian National Orchestra in fall 2014 and his opera conducting debut with the Vienna Summer Music Festival Opera in summer 2018.

Based in Boston, MA (USA), he is the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble and the music director of Kendall Square Orchestra. Kondakçi’s other conducting activities include concerts the National Albanian Orchestra as guest conductor and the Narragansett Bay Symphony as Music Director Designate. He has also conducted the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Rivers Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Music for Food Ensemble, Harvard's River Charles Ensemble, among many other groups, professional and academic. In 2018, Kondakçi cofounded the Women’s Chorus, bringing together women experiencing homelessness and poverty.

Off the podium, Kondakçi coaches chamber music at Harvard University as a non-resident music tutor and has served as a guest lecturer at New England Conservatory and Longy School of Music. He has also made a significant contribution to Mahler research through his reconstruction of the original version of Mahler's 1st Symphony and has assisted his mentor, critically-acclaimed composer Michael Gandolfi—among other Boston based composers—in the preparation and publishing of new works.

Learn more at: www.kristokondakci.com