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William Kunhardt, conductor, made his professional debut at age twenty-two, and since then has conducted orchestras and festivals in Europe, Asia, and America. He is principal conductor of the Arensky Chamber Orchestra and resident conductor of the Piraeus Festival in Athens. Mr. Kunhardt was the 2014 winner of the James Conlon Conductor Prize at the AMFS and the first conducting fellow ever to be immediately re-engaged as a guest artist by Music Director Robert Spano. He returns to Aspen in 2016 for concerts with Sarah Chang and Robert McDuffie. Recent and upcoming highlights include concerts with Athens Symphony Orchestra, Romanian Radio Orchestra, and Hallé in Manchester. With the Arensky Chamber Orchestra he has recorded works by Beethoven, Mozart, and Ravel, including concertos with Jennifer Pike and Benjamin Grosvenor, all for Classic FM. Together they have made debuts at the Southbank Centre, Kings Place, and Cadogan Hall. As a guest artist William has made further appearances at Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, and the British Museum, and has conducted the national orchestras of Bulgaria and Romania, Athens and Tallinn Cameratas, Sweden’s O:Mordent Orchestra, state orchestras in Greece and Moldova, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and at the Bahrain Capital of Culture Festival.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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