Violinist Harry Ward has performed as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician throughout Australia, America, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Solo appearances include with the Xiamen Philharmonic, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Orquesta Sinfónica de Michoacán and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
An avid chamber musician, Harry has performed alongside members of the Emerson, Michelangelo, Belcea, Ehnes String and Australian string quartets, and in concert with the late Joseph Silverstein. He is winner of many prizes, including the Australian National Youth Concerto Competition and was a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Awards.
Harry has performed in masterclasses with James Ehnes, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Donald Weilerstein, Joseph Silverstein (late), David Kim, Alina Ibragimova, Sophie Rowell, Howard Penny, Caroline Henbest, members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Belcea, Cavani, Pacifica, Alban Berg and Penny Quartets. Harry also performs jazz, bluegrass and folk music outside of the classical realm and believes these experiences have nourished his playing in all genres.
Harry is currently training in Melbourne with Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). Previously, Harry studied at the Graz Kunst-Universität with Boris Kuschnir and the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings with Amy Schwartz- Moretti, David Halen and David Kim, and at Meadowmount Summer School with Walter Schwede and the late Joseph Silverstein. 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 later Professor Alice Waten.
Harry plays a 1780 Pietro Antonio Landolfi violin, kindly on loan from an anonymous benefactor.
READ Harry's thoughts on why music education matters in this CutCommon interview.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by ANAMsyndicate – Meredith Baldwin and the late John Baldwin, Pamela and Malcolm Dingle, Stuart Kollmorgen OAM and Rodrigo Oliveira, Igor and Jenny Zambelli, Anne and Greg Sewell, Jan Grant, Roy Masters AM, Barry and Joan Miskin, the late Rob Piaggio, Robert Whitehead, Jan Williams, Peter and Jane Phillips
Photo by Pia Johnson
Watch Harry's performance in Round 1 of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition