ZOË KUNDU

Artistic Director

Zoë Kundu - Conductor

Zoë, 21, has just graduated from the University of Manchester with a First-Class degree 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 Rob 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 has 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 worked with exciting up-and-coming soloists including Ashby Mayes, Lydia Hillerudh and Juliette Roos. 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. She also enjoyed working with the University of Manchester’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. In 2019 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, in the BBC Proms Youth Choir in 2020, and has performed at several prestigious venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Barbican and Birmingham Symphony Hall.

As manager of Manchester University’s music outreach projects, Zoë set up several choirs in local primary schools and designed a covid-secure Bamboo Tamboo project during the pandemic to help keep school music going. She is looking forward to directing 2 productions of Matilda in Manchester primary schools next year.

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