Artistic Director & Conductor (co-founder)
Kristo Kondakçi is an active young conductor in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). In addition to Eureka Ensemble, his conducting activities include concerts and projects with the National Albanian Orchestra as principal guest conductor, Boston Philharmonic as artistic assistant to Benjamin Zander, North End Music & Performing Arts Center as music director for their annual performance of Handel's Messiah, as well as concert 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 also coaches chamber music at Harvard University 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 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. Check out www.kristokondakci.com for more details.
Email Kristo at firstname.lastname@example.org