Kristo Kondakci is a highly sought-after young conductor in Boston. His professional conducting debut with the Albanian National Orchestra in 2014, presenting Wagner's Tannhäuser Overture and Mahler's Symphony No. 1, was so successful that it led to his immediate appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra.
Kristo is currently the conducting fellow of the Boston Philharmonic. Designed uniquely for him, this fellowship includes conducting neighborhood concerts, duties in managing the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and assisting in rehearsals and concerts as an apprentice to Music Director Benjamin Zander.
In addition to Eureka, Kristo is also the assistant conductor of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, an artistic director with the North End Performing Arts Center, a guest conductor with East Coast Scoring, as well as local community orchestras and college groups such as the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and Harvard's River Charles Ensemble. He 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 named a Beneficent Society Scholar (2013) and hailed as NEC's Scholarship Star (2012).
Cellist Alan Toda-Ambaras is the recipient of the Prize for Most Promising Contestant at the 2005 Rostropovich International Cello Competition in Paris.
Alan is active as both a soloist and a chamber musician. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, the Borromeo Quartet, the Parker Quartet, the Boston Trio, and has appeared twice as a soloist with the North Carolina Symphony.
Recent appearances include performances at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Taos Music Festival, the Diller Quaile School of Music in New York, Harvard University's Paine Hall, the Halcyon Festival, and the New England Conservatory. He has been featured on French television and in several European documentaries due to his participation in the Rostropovich Competition; he has also been heard on NPR's From The Top program and New York's WKCR Classical station. Alan has a B.A. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard and an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Laurence Lesser.
Alan’s performances have gained enthusiastic reviews. In Paris, he “touched the public and the jury” (musique.france2.fr). The Washington Post noted that Alan “has the poise of a seasoned performer” and “showed off his strengths convincingly in the demanding repertoire.” And another critic declared that Alan’s playing “proved remarkable by any standard. . . . Toda-Ambaras is worth seeking out and hearing.”
Alan is passionate about engaging with communities through performances and discussions about the arts and humanities in modern society. He is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary music organization Project LENS.
Founder and Music Director of East Coast Scoring, Xiao’an composes, orchestrates, and produces music commercially. He contracted and managed three orchestras simultaneously for Ouroboros Trilogy, the largest new opera production to hit Boston. Xiao'an graduated from Berklee College of Music with a B.M in Jazz Composition.
A native of California, David is a multifaceted musician in the greater Boston area who currently splits his time as performer, teacher, and music administrator. As a saxophonist and woodwind doubler, he is active in classical, jazz, theatre, and improvisation. As a classical musician, he has performed with the groups as diverse as the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra, Hub New Music, and the Navy Band East.
David is an ardent educator and has been teaching woodwinds (saxophone, clarinet, and flute) since 2005 as a private instructor. He is on faculty at the EKS Music School & at the All Newton Music School, and he also performs educational outreach with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, North End Music and Performing Arts Center, and the Boston Philharmonic’s Crescendo! Program.
David also has extensive experience in technical production and concert management in a variety of organizational positions. He was the Program Director of Hub New Music, Production Assistant at California State University Fullerton, and Technical Services Assistant in New England Conservatory’s Libraries. In 2015, David was the live-in Musical Assistant to Gunther Schuller. Gunther became a mentor, a teacher, and a friend.
David holds a Bachelor's degree in music from California State University, Fullerton, where he was the President’s Scholar and graduated summa cum laude (2013), and a Double Masters Degree in Saxophone Performance and Music Theory from New England Conservatory (2016).
Wayne Pearcy is a New England area trumpeter and composer who has won numerous accolades, perhaps most known by the jazz community for placing second globally as a soloist at the ITG College Jazz Competition in 2011. His rich tone and lyrical playing style have earned him studies with some of the heavy hitters in Jazz, including Tiger Okoshi, Darren Barrett, and Wynton Marsalis.
Besides jazz, Wayne has a strong interest in classical music, and he works to improve his technique as a soloist by memorizing cornet literature from the early twentieth century. Wayne strongly believes that the performance and study of classical music is important to the success of all musicians. Therefore, it has been a privilege for him to be a part of Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s educational outreach team since 2013.
Also a strong advocate for assistive technology, Wayne’s work as a student and staff member at Berklee College of Music has helped the renowned institution become a top destination for visually impaired music students from around the world. He is active in the community through his service on the board of Friends in Art, an American Council of the Blind (ACB) affiliate group, which offers scholarships to students of the fine arts.
Wayne looks for opportunities to perform both genres around the Boston area. While a student at Berklee, he performed several recitals demonstrating his proficiency in both styles. He also has a jazz quintet that has been featured on Harvard University’s radio station WHRB as well as a local public access channel.
Currently a student of Kim Kashkashian at New England Conservatory, Dominick has performed across the United States in noted halls such as Symphony Hall, Jordan Hall, and Meymandi Hall among others. He has also performed at music festivals such as the Heifetz International Institute of Music and the Brevard Music Festival, having studied with Barbara Westphal, Martha Katz, Ilya Kaler, Amit Peled, and Atar Arad. In 2015, he was featured in the Institute’s Celebrity Series and participated in the first annual Ashkenasi-Kirshbaum Chamber Seminar.
As a principal violist with the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and community engagement artist with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Dominick is an avid believer in the power of music to deepen human communication. He strives to become a performer and teacher dedicated to sharing the all-encompassing capabilities of music.
Beginning her Eureka Residency in conjunction with our inaugural season, New York City-based composer Stephanie Ann Boyd (b. 1990) endeavors to write music that brings whimsical worlds to life, that is meaningful to audience and performer alike, and that refreshes and strengthens the creative spirit. Her violin sonata Amerigo has been performed in nearly all 50 states as part of the innovative 50 State Sonata Project, and her melodic music has been praised as “arrestingly poetic” (BMOP) and “wide ranging, imaginative” (Portland Press Herald).
Stephanie’s 2016/2017 season included the premieres of the cello concerto Tekton, the bassoon concerto Rituum, commissions by New York City’s Moirae Ensemble, members of the Reno Philharmonic, Mars Hill University’s Alan Theisen, Beijing’s Sun He, Kingma System flutist Rachel Hacker, and a co-commission involving violinists from 40 countries. Boyd is the 2017-2019 Composer in Residence for the Eureka Ensemble in Boston.
A two-time winner of the Chicago College of Performing Arts Vector Project, her orchestral music has been performed by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Eureka Ensemble, the JVL Festival Orchestra in Ontario, the Cremona Academy Festival Orchestra in Italy, the Chicago College of Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra, the Grammy-winning Pioneer Symphony Orchestra in Ann Arbor, and the New England Conservatory Orchestra in Boston. Stephanie’s music has been played on Hawaii Public Radio, New York City’s 89.9 WKCR, Chicago’s 98.7 WFMT, and WRBC The Blaze Radio. Her string orchestra works are published by TRN Music and Femoire. She is a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago and the New England Conservatory in Boston.
Boyd is a frequent lecturer at universities and high schools, often speaking on the subjects of creativity, entrepreneurship, and how to create a career after music school. An advocate of the innate creativity in young people, she has brought composition programs to schools and music festivals in three countries. She maintains a studio of international composition students, with studio recitals being held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. When not composing, Ms. Boyd secretly enjoys screaming trumpet music, openly enjoys John William Waterhouse paintings, and will never pass up an iced coffee. Boyd resides in Manhattan.