About Kristo

I am 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, I conduct the Kendall Square Orchestra as music director, the National Albanian Orchestra as guest conductor, and work with the North End Music & Performing Arts Center as music director for their annual performance of Handel's Messiah.  I have also worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Music for Food, Harvard's River Charles Ensemble, among many other groups, professional and academic.

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

I studied conducting with Charles Peltz and composition with Michael Gandolfi at New England Conservatory and now serve on NEC's alumni council. My musical mentors include Benjamin Zander, Hugh Wolff, Christopher Wilkins, and Gunther Schuller.

Musicians have a far-reaching responsibility in modern society because of how we bring people together. When you think of 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.

This summer (2018), I will be working with Austrian conductor Christian Schulz at the Vienna Summer Music Festival, performing with the festival orchestra, including musicians from the Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Orchestra, and making my official opera conducting debut of Scott Joiner's new opera "Bridesmaids".

Thanks for reading!

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