From a 2018 TED talk as a part of TEDx Beaconstreet

From a 2018 TED talk as a part of TEDx Beaconstreet

From Eureka's "Sheltering Voices" concert, May 12, 2018  PC: Andrew Hurlbut

From Eureka's "Sheltering Voices" concert, May 12, 2018

PC: Andrew Hurlbut

Kristo Kondakçi

Music Director (co-founder)

27–year–old conductor Kristo Kondakçi, known for his vivacious and infectious musical energy, has acquired wide-ranging musical skills and an impressive list of accomplishments. He made his professional conducting debut with the Albanian National Orchestra in fall 2014 and his opera conducting debut with the Vienna Summer Music Festival Opera in summer 2018.

Aside from Eureka Ensemble, he is the music director of the Kendall Square Orchestra. Kondakçi also regularly guest conducts the National Orchestra of Albania. He has also worked with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Rivers Symphony Orchestra, Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Pro Musica, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Music for Food Ensemble, Harvard's River Charles Ensemble, among many other groups, professional and academic. In 2018, Kondakçi cofounded the Women’s Chorus, bringing together women experiencing homelessness and poverty through music.

Off the podium, he 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. Kondakçi has also 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. 

In fall 2018, Kondakçi gave a TED talk as a part of TEDxBeaconStreet on how conducting and the orchestra can act as a platform for leadership and teamwork and, together with the Kendall Square Orchestra, he works closely with corporate leaders and executives from around the globe on leadership development.

B.M., M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, Composition with Michael Gandolfi; Conducting with Charles Peltz; 2012 Scholarship Star, 2013 Beneficient Society Scholar. Current Non-Resident Music Tutor at Harvard University, Pfhozheimer House; Founding member of Eureka Ensemble; Founding member of the Women’s Chorus.

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