Being moved to tears is for me a kind of gold standard for live concert music. We were moved and inspired; I think everybody was
— Robert Knox (Globe Correspondent)

CLASSICALLY TRAINED, COMMUNITY DRIVEN

Kristo Kondakçi is an active young conductor in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and has already become a staple of the Boston music scene. He is the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble, with the mission of using classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement.

His other conducting activities include concerts and projects with the National Albanian Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, North End Music & Performing Arts Center. Music for Food, and East Coast Scoring Orchestra. Kristo also served as the assistant conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an innovative professional orchestra committed to promoting access to classical music for all for the 2014-17 seasons.

Kristo coaches chamber music at Harvard University as and advises musical non-profits in Boston on artistic programming, social entrepreneurship, and marketing/audience development.

Kristo holds a Master’s Degree in Conducting (2015) and a Bachelor's Degree in Composition (2013) from the New England Conservatory, where he was named a Beneficent Society Scholar (2013) and hailed as NEC's Scholarship Star (2012). Principal teachers include Charles Peltz and Benjamin Zander, and he has taken lessons with Hugh Wolff, Christopher Wilkins, and Gunther Schuller.

He believes that classical music has a powerful role in society as a metaphor for teamwork and community and was recently named a cultural representative of the Albanian Diaspora by the Albanian Embassy in Washington, D.C. for his work in using music to bring the Albanian community together.