Co-Founder & Conductor of Eureka Ensemble
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.
Based in Boston, MA (USA), he is the co-founder and conductor of Eureka Ensemble, with the mission to use classical music as a platform for social action and community engagement. Eureka Ensemble’s work in the community has been praised both locally and nationally.
Kondakçi’s conducting activities include concerts with the National Albanian Orchestra as guest conductor, Kendall Square Orchestra as music director, and North End Music & Performing Arts Center as music director for their annual performance of Handel’s Messiah. He has also conducted 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.
From 2014–2017, Kondakçi 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.
Off the podium, Kondakçi 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. He 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.
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.