CLASSICALLY TRAINED, COMMUNITY DRIVEN
26–year–old conductor Kristo Kondakçi has acquired wide-ranging musical skills and an impressive list of accomplishments. Based in Boston, MA (USA), He is the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble, with the mission to use classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement.
In addition to Eureka, Kristo's conducting activities include concerts and projects with the National Albanian Orchestra as principal guest conductor, Boston Philharmonic as artistic assistant, North End Music & Performing Arts Center as music director for their annual performance of Handel's Messiah, as well as engagements with Music for Food and East Coast Scoring Orchestra.
Kristo served as the assistant conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an innovative professional orchestra committed to making great music available to audiences across ethnic, economic and cultural boundaries during their 2014-17 seasons. He made his professional conducting debut with the Albanian National Orchestra in the fall of 2014.
Kristo coaches chamber music at Harvard University as a Non-resident Music Tutor and advises musical organizations in Boston on artistic programming, social entrepreneurship, and marketing/audience development.
Outside of conducting, Kristo has made a significant contribution to Mahler research through his reconstruction of the original version of Mahler's 1st Symphony. He has assisted his mentor, critically-acclaimed composer Michael Gandolfi—among other Boston based composers—in the preparation and publishing of new works.
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 Benjamin Zander and Charles Peltz; 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.
This summer, Kristo will be working with conductor Christian Schulz at the Vienna Summer Music Festival in Austria, performing in three concerts with the festival orchestra and making his opera conducting debut.