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Harry Ward, Violin

Harry has always been extremely passionate about music, the violin in particular. He is excited to be studying in Melbourne with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Since the age of ten Harry has frequently been asked to perform as a soloist, concert master and chamber musician; with performances throughout Australia, America, China, Mexico, Singapore and Europe. From 2009 - 2011, Harry travelled regularly to China for concerto performances with the Hangzhou, Nanning, Guangzhou, Hunan Symphony orchestras and in 2011 was invited to perform the Brahms Violin Concerto with Maestro Renchang Fu with the Xiamen Philharmonic. In 2011 and 2012, Harry attended the Meadowmount Summer School of Music where he worked with Walter Schwede, Joseph Silverstein and James Ehnes. Harry attended the Lac Leman Masterclasses in Switzerland in 2014 where he worked with with Boris Kuschnir and the Michelangelo String Quartet. During his time in the US, Harry travelled to New York City to perform in Carnegie Hall with the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings Orchestra and in 2017 was invited to the Rome Chamber Music Festival which included performances with Edgar Meyer, playing Meyer’s string quintet and performances with members of the Venice Baroque Orchestra. During the Summers of 2016-2017, Harry attended the Aspen Music Festival on full scholarship where he was invited to perform at the prestigious Aspen Institute. In early 2019, Harry was invited to perform the Sibelius VIolin Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as part of their conducting academy program working closely with Maestro Johannes Fritz. This year, Harry is working with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, as an Emerging Artist with the Collective Orchestra under the guidance of Helena Rathbone. In March, the ACO Collective Orchestra toured with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto throughout NSW, SA and VIC.

Harry has been fortunate enough to win many prestigious awards and prizes, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition and as finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards and the ANAM Chamber Music Competition. Most importantly the competitions have afforded Harry some great opportunities to get to know other musicians who have become lifelong friends and mentors. Harry also performs with other musicians outside of the classical realm and believes these experiences have nourished his playing in all genres. Harry has been fortunate enough to receive masterclasses/ongoing mentorship with members of the ACO, Simone Young, James Ehnes, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Donald Weilerstein, David Kim, The Penny Quartet, Alina Ibragimova, Sophie Rowell, Howard Penny and Caroline Henbest. From 2008-2013, Harry attended the Open Academy Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied with Professor Peter Zhang and Professor Alice Waten. In early 2014, Harry moved to Vienna to study with Professor Boris Kuschnir. Harry then moved to the U.S. to study with Amy Schwartz-Moretti and David Halen at the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings.

Harry performs on a beautiful 1780 Pietro Antonio Landolfi violin on loan from anonymous but very generous benefactor/s.