Artistic Director

Zoë Kundu - Conductor

Zoë, 21, has just graduated from the University of Manchester in Music, specialising in conducting in her third year. She will complete her final year on the ‘Joint Course’ at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying the trumpet, next year. She has received tuition in conducting from Roby Guy, Mark Heron, Darren Bloom, Alice Farnham and Richard Dickins, including on the RPS Women Conductors’ course. She is studying Trumpet under the tutelage of John Miller.

As the founder and director of the Wyatt Sinfonia, she recently led them through ambitious programmes including Mozart’s Requiem, the UK premiere of Pejačević’s Symphony in F# minor and the full ballet of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, as well as world premieres. She has conducted on tour in Italy and at Chelmsford Cathedral, and has guest conducted the St John of Jerusalem Choir and Watford Youth Sinfonia. As one of the University of Manchester Student Conductors, she has enjoyed working with the university’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. She musically directed the university’s production of Spring Awakening.

Zoë has a background of orchestral playing on the trumpet, and was in the National Youth Orchestra, which included performances under Marin Alsop, Sir Mark Elder and at the BBC Proms. She also performed at the BBC Proms with the Aurora Orchestra and inaugural BBC Youth Ensemble in 2015 and has performed at several prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall. She currently holds the principal trumpet position in both Symphonova and the Northern Philharmonic Orchestra. She has appeared at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club supporting Bobby Shew and has performed with Pete Long and the RNCM Big Band. Solo performances include Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto with Watford Youth Sinfonia in 2015, and the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto with her school orchestra. As a singer she has performed with the Rodolfus Choir, RNCM Chamber Choir and BBC Proms Youth Choir.

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