About Kristo

Dear Friends –

Thank you for visiting my website. I warmly welcome you to learn more about my activities. Here is the latest!

I am the conductor and co–founder of Eureka Ensemble, with the mission to mobilize the next generation of musicians to nurture social change. This year I co-founded the Women's Chorus as artistic director, bringing together women experiencing homelessness and severe poverty through music.

In addition to Eureka, I conduct the Kendall Square Orchestra as music director, the National Albanian Orchestra as principal guest conductor, the Rivers Symphony Orchestra as a music director designate, and two youth orchestras as part of the El Sistema Somerville program.

Previously, I have worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, and Music for Food with violist Kim Kashkashian,  among many other groups. In 2015, I co-founded the North End Music & Performing Arts Center's (NEMPAC) annual performance tradition of Handel's Messiah as music director and it has since become a staple of NEMPAC's identity in the community.

Off the podium, I coach chamber music at Harvard University as non-resident tutor with Pforzheimer House and advise music organizations in Boston on artistic programming, social entrepreneurship, and audience development.

My vision is simple. Musicians have a far-reaching capacity to bring people together. When you think about an orchestra,  in other words, a platform where different groups of people (in our case, violins, horns, trumpets, etc.) work together in pursuit of one common goal, you discover a powerful model for teamwork and community-building. The care, patience, courage, and generosity that a musician gives to each note they play and to their colleagues playing with them in any given musical moment translates to how we as human beings can treat each other. 

This summer (2018), I worked with Austrian conductors Christian Schulz and Wolfgang Scheidt at the Vienna Summer Music Festival, performing with the festival orchestra and making my official opera conducting debut, giving the world premiere of Scott Joiner's new opera "Bridesmaids".

With love and gratitude,

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Kristo

 
 From a rehearsal with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

From a rehearsal with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

 Live in concert with the National Albanian Orchestra

Live in concert with the National Albanian Orchestra