Under William Kunhardt’s baton this young orchestra gave spirited performances, catching the note of melancholy underlying the Ravel – each piece was written to commemorate a friend who had died in the 1914-18 war – and setting it off with 18 century ebullience…deeply moving. — –Michael Church, The Independent
William Kunhardt is Principal Conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens. He has made international debuts with Athens Symphony Orchestra, the Bulgarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Athens Chamber Orchestra, the Salim Sahab Orchestra, Cairo, the Romanian Radio Orchestra and Berlin Camerata. In January 2012 he was invited to conduct the opening ceremony of Bahrain’s year as Capital of Culture for the Middle East and in November 2013 he was one of an elite group of artists asked to perform at Aldeburgh Music’s Benjamin Britten Centenary weekend.
In the UK William Kunhardt has made debuts at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Snape Maltings Hall, St John’s Smith Square, Cadogan Hall, West Road Hall, Cambridge and St Martin’s in the Fields. With the Arensky Chamber Orchestra he has recorded Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin, Beethoven’s 3rd ‘Eroica’ and Mozart’s 41st ‘Jupiter’ Symphonies for Classic FM as well as concerti with Jennifer Pike, Benjamin Grosvenor, Andrew Haveron and Andriy Viytovych. Will has also held positions as Principal Conductor of the International Orchestra for Freedom, the CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestra (which he co-founded in 2009) and the Young Virtuosi Festival in Castelreng, France.
Future plans with the ACO include tours of Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, a new and abridged production of Tristan und Isolde, a series of ‘Mahler Reimagined’ at the Hospital Club, London and a commercial recording of Errolyn Warren’s Cello Concerto. He will also be appearing as guest conductor with London Firebird Orchestra, the Piraeus Festival Orchestra, Greece, and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra as well taking up a fellowship at Aspen Music Festival.
Beyond his professional work, William Kunhardt is passionate about using his music to help others. He is founding co-director and principal conductor of the CLIC Sargent Symphony Orchestra, resident ensemble of Britain’s leading children’s cancer charity. In 2011, following three years of concerts with the CSSO, William’s work for CLIC Sargent was recognised with an honorary Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International.
Born in London in 1989 and educated at Eastbourne College, William Kunhardt studied violin with Dona Lee Croft at the Royal College of Music. He currently studies conducting with Neil Thomson and has worked in recent years with Gerd Albrecht, Paavo Järvi, Neeme Järvi, Christopher Seaman, Jorma Panula, Rudolfo Saglimbeni, and George Hurst.