Conductor; Eureka Ensemble; Kendall Sq. Orchestra & Narragansett Bay Symphony
Kristo Kondakçi occupies a unique platform as a conductor, creative entrepreneur, teacher, and speaker.
Based in Boston, MA (USA), Kristo Kondakçi is the music director of the Kendall Square Orchestra, the Narragansett Bay Symphony, and the founder and conductor of the critically-acclaimed Eureka Ensemble. He also makes appearances as guest conductor with the National Orchestra of Albania and the Vienna Summer Music Festival.
His January 2020 appearances with Boston’s Enigma Chamber Opera — featuring sold-out performances of Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” — received critical acclaim from the Boston Globe, stating that “Kondakçi commanded a keen chamber orchestra and deftly balanced its dynamics with the singers.”
As a teacher, Kondakçi has served on the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst as interim director of orchestral studies (2019). Kondakçi has also made a significant contribution to Mahler research through his reconstruction of the original version of Mahler’s 1st Symphony (2012). He currently teaches young conductors in a private studio and coaches chamber music at Harvard University as a non-resident music tutor with Pforzheimer House.
As a creative entrepreneur, Kondakçi has helped launch six different non-profits dedicated to enacting social change, including Boston Hope Music (2020), an organization devoted to using music to aid the healing and recovery of COVID-19 patients, frontline healthcare workers in partnership with New England Conservatory and Mass General Hospital; and, the Women’s Chorus (2018), a choral program for women experiencing homelessness & poverty in Boston, that has engaged more than 100 people, ages 17 to 82, in partnership with Women’s Lunch Place.
As a speaker and leadership coach, Kondakçi works closely with corporate and executive leaders from around the globe on leadership development in collaboration with Kendall Square Orchestra. He has given a TEDx@BeaconStreet talk on the power of classical music to enact social change (2018), presented on the role of the orchestra and community at the national conference of the League of American Orchestras (2019), and makes regular appearances at schools, companies, and other institutions to advocate for the role music can play in addressing social issues. Kondakçi serves on the TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet Advisory Board, where he coaches young speakers in preparation for their TED talks. He also sits on the Arts Advisory Council for BioMed Realty’s 585 Third Street complex in Cambridge and the Arts Access Grant panel of the Rhode Island Council on the Arts.